Wallace, 3 new trustees claim Bartlett board seats
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There will be four new faces on the Bartlett village board, including three trustees who are new to politics and a village president who won by a landslide.
With all 31 precincts reporting -- 10 in Cook County and 21 in DuPage County -- Kevin Wallace received 3,873 votes to grab the four-year village president term. Wallace is a senior mortgage consultant and past chairman of the Bartlett Chamber of Commerce.
Challenger Patricia Kelly trailed far behind with a total of 813 votes, followed by Ted Lonis, who had 457 votes, according to unofficial totals.
Wallace said he was humbled by the support and looks forward to serving the village.
"I'm excited to take on this adventure," he said. "I think the people of Bartlett spoke pretty loud and clear. The village is looking for change."
During his campaign, Wallace said he felt about one-third of the residents he spoke with while walking around the village supported him.
Wallace reiterated sentiments from his campaign about the need for change.
"I think it's trying to put the past behind everyone -- moving the board forward and building and enhancing some relationships on the board and doing our best to do that," he said.
Kelly, who was appointed to trustee in 2012 after Michael Airdo was appointed village president, said she was a surprised by the vote counts.
"I'm disappointed with the results," she said. "I entered the race to continue serving the community, but I will in other fashions. I've been involved with the community and I plan to continue serving the community."
Kelly said she will keep working with local veterans and seniors.
"I've had the most terrific supporters," she said. "They've believed in me and been very committed. I'm very appreciative for all the people who worked so hard for me.
"I just want what's best for our community and hopefully we'll keep moving forward in a positive direction," she added.
Ted Lonis was disappointed with voter turnout, but said he wished Wallace the best.
"I commend Kevin Wallace on running a hard race against some very uphill battles," he said. "He did a very nice job."
Lonis said he will take the extra time when he retires in May to care for his mother and hit the health club.
For the village trustee seats, Michael Camerer led with a total of 3,828 votes. He will be joined on the board with Aaron Reinke, who had 3,472 votes, and Vincent Carbonaro, who had 3,316 votes.
Camerer is a chiropractor who said he wanted to "restore confidence, trust, and civility in the leadership" of Bartlett.
Reinke is an attorney and adjunct college professor who also said one of his top priorities was restoring civility on the village board. He said he pledged to "treat everyone with professionalism and respect."
Carbonaro is a police officer who once worked for the Bartlett Police Department. He said during the campaign he would focus on removing the utility tax and balancing the budget.
The three will serve four-year terms. They replace incumbent Dennis Nolan, who was seeking a fifth term and lost with 1,031 votes, and also fill the empty seats left by Kelly and trustee Frank Napolitano, who decided to run for the Elgin Area Unit 46 school board.
Newcomers Michelle Hughes and Angelina Filippo came in fourth and sixth place, respectively. Hughes finished with 1,314 votes, and Filippo had 785 votes.
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