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Attend candidates' forum and decide

Shannon Burns is the most qualified candidate for DuPage County Forest Preserve Commissioner from District 6. She has been attending forest preserve commission meetings for three years. She has probably attended more meetings than some serving commissioners. She is knowledgeable and dedicated to protecting and sustaining the forest preserve.

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Both Shannon and her opponent have previously run against Roger Kotecki, a wonderful public servant and commissioner from the 6th District for 20 years. Roger, a Republican, is retiring, and he endorsed Shannon over the Republican candidate.

Why? Because she shares the same goal as Roger -- to be a fiscally responsible steward of our open space. Shannon's opponent often uses the verb "develop" in talking about the forest preserve. That is not a term either Roger or Shannon would use. They both believe in maintaining, restoring, and above all, preserving the green space we are so blessed with in DuPage County.

But don't take my word or Roger's word for our enthusiasm for Shannon's candidacy. Attend a candidates forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Wheaton Park District Community Center, 1777 Blanchard Road. Listen to the answers Shannon and her opponent give, and decide for yourself who is the better candidate.

Diane Niesman

Wheaton

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