Endorsement: Light for Glendale Heights board seat
One of the most striking aspects of the campaign for the District 3 seat on the Glendale Heights village board is both candidates' clear affection for the town. Incumbent Michael Light, 50, and challenger Michael Summerville, 58, are virtually lifelong residents of the village, and their appreciation for the people and institutions of Glendale Heights shows in both their words and deeds. Light, who has held the seat since 2011, has high praise for the local police and fire departments, and he has worked with them on projects to boost emergency preparedness among everyone in the village. Summerville is a retired Glendale Heights police officer, and he would like to work to return a school resource officer to the middle and elementary schools. Both men are active in many and diverse community projects. Summerville, in fact, has served on the Queen Bee District 16 school board and is its current president. With just one term behind him, Light is well-prepared for a second. He has a host of ideas for improving the town's financial picture and quality of life, and the energy to work with other village board members to bring them to fruition. With two years remaining in his school board term, Summerville says he would consider leaving that position if the demands of two elected positions grew too heavy, but that he would wait a while to make that determination. We have long-held concerns about candidates serving in two elected positions, and those come into play as we make our decision in this race, but the fact is that Light is serving Glendale Heights energetically, faithfully and well, and both the village and District 3 will benefit from his continued service. He is endorsed.