By Cindy Lenart
Village of Bartlett voters took to the polls on Tuesday, April 9 and elected Economic Development Commissioner and former Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Kevin Wallace to the village president seat that will soon be vacated by Acting Village President Mike Airdo.
Wallace took home 75.3 percent of the vote, followed by candidates Patricia Ryerson Kelly with 15.8 percent and Ted Lonis with 8.9 percent.
Wallace is a 19-year Bartlett resident, married and the father of thee school-age children. He is a youth sports coach in a variety of sports and is an active community volunteer.
He brings 25 years of business experience, innovating and creating jobs. He has served as vice president of a regional bank, chief financial officer of a mortgage company, and has first-hand experience budgeting, funding and operating a small business.
Wallace hopes to promote business development, restore civility and community pride, review the recent utility tax increases and create and promote a business-friendly village.
Three newcomers will round out the trustee positions on the board, replacing Patricia Ryerson Kelly, Frank Napolitano and the seat currently held by Dennis Nolan.
The new trustees include Vince Carbonaro with 3,316 votes, Aaron Reinke with 3,472 and Michael E. Camerer with 3,828. Candidates Nolan, Angelina Filippo and Michelle Hughes were defeated in the contest.
Carbonaro is a 27-year Bartlett resident. He has been an accountant for 24 years and is an Illinois Certified police officer. His top priorities are removing the utility tax, balancing the budget and cost cutting efficiencies utilizing corporate philosophies.
Reinke is a 12-year resident and is a municipal attorney. He also teaches political science and paralegal services at College of DuPage. Reinke supports civility, elimination of utility taxes, alternate revenue sources and a more friendly code enforcement system.
Camerer has lived in Bartlett since 1991 and runs a chiropractic business in town. He has been recognized as Rotarian of the Year, received a People of the Pillars Award and was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. Camerer supports term limits, bringing in new businesses to stabilize property taxes, technology for public safety and open communication.
The elected officials will be sworn into office on Tuesday, May 7.