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Keeps 'forest' in 'forest preserve'

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Keeps 'forest' in

'forest preserve'

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I have been a resident of DuPage for 14 years, 10 of which I spent as a volunteer in a local environmental organization performing water testing on rivers throughout the county. During that time, I crossed paths with many ordinary folks who were dedicating their lives to improving DuPage County. One of those people was Don Kirchenberg.

I have known Don Kirchenberg for many years in his role as citizen advocate. As an activist and volunteer, Don is a tireless, hands-on worker whose dedication to our regional trail system helped make it the popular attraction it is today. In his capacity as leader of the Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail, Don inspired me to become involved with the trails as both a member and volunteer, of which I remain today. And now, as a candidate for forest preserve commissioner in District 2, Don brings his experience and commitment to bear on our county's valuable public lands.

Voters in both parties have become frustrated and disillusioned with the pandering, dishonest and euphemistic language that has come to dominate both local and national politics. Don bucks that trend with unflagging integrity, breadth of knowledge, and a refreshing level of candor that is sorely missing from public dialogue today. Don is a candidate whom I trust to ensure transparency in government, stewardship of public lands, and the upholding of the covenant to keep the "forest" in "forest preserve".

Paul Mack

Warrenville

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