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Gould, Ruff take Palatine Park District board seats

Sue Gould

Sue Gould

 
Terry Ruff Palatine park board candidate

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A veteran commissioner and a newcomer with extensive youth sports experience have won six-year terms on the Palatine Park District board.

With all 53 precincts reporting, unofficial totals show Sue Gould, the lone incumbent, as the top vote-getter with 2,257 votes. Terry Ruff received 1,960 votes to win the second open seat, narrowly edging Doug Myslinski with 1,898 votes.

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Jeffrey Service finished with 932 votes.

Gould, a real estate broker on the board since 1993, said she wants to move ahead with a few projects currently in planning stages.

"We just got a report on the 2012 usage of Falcon Park, and it shows it's almost at capacity," Gould, 63, said. "We're looking at adding parking, some outdoor fields and maybe some interior space."

Officials also are considering "economical improvements" to make the golf course club house more user friendly year round, she said.

Ruff, a senior vice president at a financial services firm, said he'd bring a unique perspective because of his involvement with Celtic Soccer. As president the last three years, he helped oversee its $1.6 million project to install artificial turf fields.

Ruff, 56, said his top priorities are to hold taxes in check and address impending issues at the aging Community Center building.

Commissioner Andy McPherson didn't seek re-election.

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