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posted: 3/7/2013 5:00 AM

Endorsement: Brummel for Warrenville mayor

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Dave Brummel, Warrenville's mayor since 2005, is challenged by Michael Hoffmann, a semiretired electrician. Hoffmann, who should be commended for his civic activism and regular attendance at city council and DuPage County Board meetings on flooding, seems a little consumed by the issue. He is sincere and well-intentioned and we encourage his continued involvement, but Brummel is tailor-made for the mayor's post. He served on the plan commission, did two terms as an alderman and is completing his second term as mayor. A lifelong resident, he has no political aspirations other than to lead his community. Warrenville is in the envious position of having no debt; as Brummel puts it, "we only spend money that we have." Despite the opportunity to be a parochial leader, he is careful to step outside the community, serving as a member and past president of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference and as current chairman for the DU-COMM board of directors. Already the beneficiary of a wildly successful tax increment financing district -- the Cantera area -- Brummel is always looking for ways to make the city better, most recently by starting another TIF focusing on downtown.

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