Lombard-based DuPage for Progress to host candidate panels Feb 24-25

  • Local school board candidates, from left, Kathryn Padberg, Liz Brezinski, Sarah Novey and Kermit Eby gather signatures last November. On Feb. 24-25, DuPage for Progress is hosting virtual meet-and-greets with several of the local candidates running for election on April 6.

    Local school board candidates, from left, Kathryn Padberg, Liz Brezinski, Sarah Novey and Kermit Eby gather signatures last November. On Feb. 24-25, DuPage for Progress is hosting virtual meet-and-greets with several of the local candidates running for election on April 6. Courtesy of Sarah Campagna

 
 
Updated 2/17/2021 5:35 PM

On Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 24-25, Lombard-based DuPage for Progress will host two separate virtual meet-and-greets featuring local candidates running in the April 6, 2021 municipal election.

The Feb. 24 municipal candidate panel will be moderated by Lombard small business owner Catrina Kagel.

 

It will include Liz Brezinski (candidate for Lombard Village Clerk), Brian LaVaque (candidate for Lombard Village Trustee, District 1) and Julie Kowalski-Schmidt (candidate for Helen Plum Library Trustee).

The Feb. 25 candidate panel will be moderated by Andrea Messing-Mathie, Ph.D., a Lombard resident and director of the national nonprofit group JFF that drives change in the American workforce and education systems.

It will include local school board candidates Sarah Novey and Cary Weisgram (District 44); West Marinier, Kathryn Padberg and Emily Shultz (District 45); and Kermit Eby (Glenbard School District 87).

Both virtual panel events will begin at 7 p.m. All registration information can be found at www.facebook.com/DuPageForProgress.

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Interested persons are encouraged to register in advance as space is limited to 100 attendees.

Questions and topics for discussion may be submitted during registration, by email (DuPageforProgress@gmail.com) or by posting to the discussion board on each Facebook event.

Moderators will address as many questions and topics as time permits.

About DuPage for Progress

DuPage for Progress is a nonpartisan organization that identifies, recruits and provides guidance to local candidates who commit to pursuing our common goals of diversity and inclusion, stewardship, collaboration and sustainability. We are headquartered in Lombard and support candidates throughout DuPage County.

About Catrina Kagel

After 30 years in corporate America, Catrina Kagel opened The Ladies Room Consignment Boutique in downtown Lombard in 2009. Kagel is also the founder of the TLR Gives Back Foundation, which focuses on keeping music alive in schools and helps to raise awareness as to how dementia and music are related.

About Andrea Messing-Mathie

Andrea Messing-Mathie, Ph.D., is a director at JFF (www.jff.org/, a national education and workforce development nonprofit organization, and is a Lombard resident, Glenbard East High School and District 44 alumnus, and parent of two current Lombard students.

In her work, Messing-Mathie focuses on building integrated strategies to shift educational and workforce strategies to reach better and more holistic outcomes for young people.

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