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Endorsements: Christopher, Gieser, McCarthy for Carol Stream village board

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Four candidates are seeking three seats on the Carol Stream village board April 9. All four are good choices and care about the town in which they live and are raising their children. Only one incumbent is seeking re-election -- Matt McCarthy, 44. A trustee since 2003, he makes a strong case for keeping his position, saying the village spends its money wisely and has avoided debt. But beyond that, McCarthy should be commended for the idea and the time he devotes to the Carol Stream youth commission, which gives high school students a chance to have a voice in their village government. While not currently a board member, Rick Gieser, 49, is well known in town as a former trustee for eight years. He lost his bid for village president two years ago, but he never lost his drive to serve and in fact has been involved in various ways the last two years. He has good ideas on how to improve communication between the village and residents and how to promote the town. Finally, Angelo Christopher, 48, a member of the Plan Commission since 2006, is our third choice. As a builder, he brings valuable expertise as Carol Stream looks to entice more development in town. He is not shy in saying he believes the village may some day need a property tax to fund its services and that kind of refreshing honesty is commendable. Also running is John LaRocca.

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