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One Tinley Park sweeps race for

Village of Tinley Park Trustees

Jacquelyn Schlabach

Editor

In an eight-way race

for three four-years terms

for Village of Tinley Park

Trustee, the One Tinley

Park slate swept the race

in the April 2 Consolidated

General Election.

With all five precincts

reporting in Will County,

Michael Mueller lead the

race with 610 votes (24.64

percent), according to unofficial

results from the

Will County Clerk’s Office.

Diane Galante followed

with 587 votes

(23.71 percent) and William

Brennan with 573

votes (23.14 percent).

With all 37 precincts reporting

in Cook County,

Brennan led with 3,610

votes (19.85 percent),

according to unofficial

results from the Cook

County Clerk’s Office.

Galante followed with

3,597 (19.78 percent) and

Mueller with 3,439 (18.91

percent).

“I’ll be honest with

you, we were extremely

surprised [of the results],”

Mueller said. “We thought

it was going to be a very

tightly contested race and

we were really happy with

the margins that we won

by and those margins really

came as a surprise to

us so that was overall our

first reaction.”

Brennan echoed his

running mate and said he

was very surprised of the

outcome.

“I was very surprised,

I thought it was going to

be a little bit closer and I

thought the margins were

going to be a little bit closer

than what we got, so we

were obviously very, very

happy with how it turned

out,” he said.

Incumbent Michael

Pannitto, of the Concerned

Citizens for Tinley

Park slate, received 1,888

votes (10.38 percent),

according to unofficial

results from the Cook

County Clerk’s Office and

141 votes (5.69 percent)

in Will County. Running

mates John McGuire and

incumbent John Curran

each received 131 votes

(5.29 percent), according

to unofficial results from

the Will County Clerk’s

Office. Curran received

1,824 votes (10.03 percent)

followed by Mc-

Guire with 1,771 votes

(9.74 percent) in Cook

County.

Concerned Citizens of

Tinley Park issued a statement

via email to The

Junction April 3 that read:

“Congratulations to the

One Tinley Park team. We

wish them well and hope

that a divided town can

come together for the benefit

of our community.”

Independent candidate

Brian Godlewski received

186 votes (7.51 percent),

according to unofficial results

from the Will County

Clerk’s Office. Jeffrey

Mech, who also ran as

an independent, received

117 votes (4.73 percent)

in Will County. Mech lead

independents with 1,047

votes (5.76 percent) in

Cook County, followed

by Godlewski with 1,006

votes (5.53 percent), according

to unofficial results

from the Cook County

Clerk’s Office.

As previously reported

by The Junction, Mueller

said that he was running

for Village trustee to “restore

the people’s trust in

their elected leaders, repair

their relationship with

the Board, and change the

way important decisions

are made.” Following the

victory over Concerned

Citizens for Tinley Park

slate, Mueller said that he

plans to achieve this by

“living clean.”

“Some of the trustees

that are up there right now,

they’re doing silly things

and they’re getting themselves

in trouble; that’s

not what we’re about,”

Mueller said. “So the first

thing that we’re going to

do is just live the way that

we’ve lived before. We’re

not going to go into businesses

and ask for things

just because we’re trustees,

we’re not going to

embarrass ourselves in

front of the Village and

then we’re going to start

making good decisions.

I think with those three

things combined, the trust

will start coming back.”

In addition to earning

taxpayers trust, Brennan

said that a big pillar of

their campaign was respect.

“I think what really is

lacking in Tinley right

now is respect from the

elected officials, that’s

one of the pillars of our

campaign is respect for

the taxpayers, for the

citizens and respect for

elected officials as well,”

Brennan said. “I think

what we put out there, our

message, was that respect

is earned and respect is

to be given and I think

that’s kind of what people

were really looking for in

this election. That spoke

volumes to us and that’s

what we found out on the

campaign trail and it was

a big issue with some of

the voters.”

With Mayor Jacob Vandenberg

supporting the

Concerned Citizens slate,

Mueller said that the only

way to get things done

is to sit down and start

working things through.

“At the core of it, I think

we all do want what’s best

for this Village,” Mueller

said. “I think that will

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