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Article updated: 4/10/2013 7:48 PM

Lessons to, from DuPage mayors: Listen, be cordial

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Newly elected mayors and village presidents from DuPage County gathered Wednesday at the DuPage County administration building in Wheaton. First row from left: Rich Veenstra of Addison, Keith Giagnorio of Lombard and Gayle Smolinski of Roselle. Second row: Deborah Bullwinkel of Villa Park, Alex Demos of Glen Ellyn and David Brummel of Warrenville. Third row: Frank Soto of Bensenville, Franco Coladipietro of Bloomingdale, Joe Broda of Lisle and Erik Spande of Winfield.

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Among the mayors elected in DuPage County were several longtime incumbents. But there are some new leaders who have already begun to seek some wisdom from their more-seasoned counterparts. "To make sure there's a degree of collegiality, you treat residents with respect, you treat staff fairly and treat each other with respect," Winfield Village President-elect Erik Spande said.
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