Endorsement: Blass to represent GOP for DuPage County Board, Dist. 2

  • Upper from left, Richard Blass and Anna Manzo and lower from left, Zachary Wilson and Elaine Zannis are Republican candidates for DuPage County Board District 2 in the 2016 election.

    Upper from left, Richard Blass and Anna Manzo and lower from left, Zachary Wilson and Elaine Zannis are Republican candidates for DuPage County Board District 2 in the 2016 election.

 
The Daily Herald Editorial Board
Posted2/19/2016 1:00 AM

Four Republicans are competing for their party's nomination for a two-year term in DuPage County Board District 2. The field features Richard Blass, an Elmhurst resident who previously served on the Berkeley village board; former Oak Brook trustee Elaine Zannis; Anna Manzo, a precinct committeewoman from Oak Brook; and Zachary Wilson, a former Lombard village trustee.

An attorney and former cop, Blass praises the county's transparency efforts, its progress in dealing with stormwater issues and its work to bolster economic development.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The one place he says he differs with the board's recent action is in law enforcement, where he's concerned about funding for the sheriff's office and the decision not to supply deputies with body cameras. Blass needs to be careful not to go overboard in backing Sheriff John Zaruba -- whose lack of openness and cooperation has contributed to his problems with the county board -- but his support for the continuing battle against heroin and the value of eventually supplying body cams is well placed.

In a crowded field, Blass is endorsed. The district covers all or part of Lombard, Villa Park, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Westmont, Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Lisle, Naperville and Woodridge.

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