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February 25, 2015

Dear Downers Grove Voter,

My name is Geoff Neustadt, and I am running to be the next Mayor of the Village of Downers Grove. I will put Downers Grove first and continue the excellent work I have been part of in my first two terms as your Downers Grove Village Commissioner. We need a Mayor who will make time to keep Downers Grove a place where people move to raise their family.

As Mayor, I will use my experience both as an elected leader in our community as well as my professional knowledge of municipal operations to ensure the delivery of exceptional municipal services like police, fire, and public works. I will not be wrapped up in political maneuvering and positioning, and have no desire for higher office. The office of Mayor is nonpartisan for a reason - partisan politics has no place in local government. Downers Grove government has to be free and clear of all outside influence, and focus only on what is best for our entire community. Downers Grove residents want a Mayor not affiliated with a political party or organization, but rather a Mayor affiliated with the residents, business owners, and community groups.

As your Mayor Next Door I will host a monthly informal meeting with the Mayor at Village Hall. I will always be impartial and listen to all interested residents before making decisions and voting on issues. While our public meetings are held on Tuesdays, there is much more work to be done. I will focus on Downers Grove and not spend valuable time on issues that are not within our Village mission.

I was elected to the Downers Grove Village Council in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011 for my second term. I am proud to currently serve as Mayor Pro Tem, and was appointed to that position unanimously by the entire Village Council in 2013. I have worked for over 20 years as a Maintenance Mechanic for Downers Grove Grade School District #58. My experience with Downers Grove School District #58 allows me to have a unique perspective on municipal government and a connection to many Village operations, like police, fire, and water service. All of these responsibilities help me make common sense decisions on issues facing our community. Below are some of my positions and affiliations:

  • Two-term Village Council Commissioner 2007-present
  • Mayor Pro Tem since 2013
  • Deputy Liquor Commissioner
  • Village of Downers Grove Transportation Advisory Commissioner
  • Village of Downers Grove Human Services Commissioner
  • Village of Downers Grove Public Services Committee
  • Civic Member Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • President Downers Grove Custodial & Maintenance Association IEA / NEA
  • Downers Grove Grade School District #58 Financial Advisory Committee
  • Downers Grove Grade School District #58 Insurance Committee
  • Downers Grove Grade School District #58 Safety Committee
  • Member St. Joseph's Parish

During my tenure on the Downers Grove Village Council our community has been recognized for many achievements. These awards and accolades are important and stem from positive planning and excellent community communications. Some of the recent accolades include:

  • AAA Bond rating from Standard and Poors
  • Village of Downers Grove ranks as the 10th most exciting city in Illinois~~ Movoto.com
  • Village ranks 8th best places for families ~~ Movoto.com
  • Village Ranks #2 in top 10 livable cities for kids~~ Livability.com
  • Village Ranked 8th Friendliest town ~~ Forbes Magazine
  • Village ranked #2 Greenest Vehicle Fleet ~~ Clean Cities Coalition

Please exercise your right to vote on April 7, 2015, or use the convenient early voting methods. Early voting begins on March 23rd and goes through April 4th at the Downers Grove Village Hall, 801 Burlington Ave, Downers Grove IL 60515.

Please vote for Geoff Neustadt Mayor of Downers Grove.

Sincerely,

Geoff

Early voting

March 23rd - April 4th

Downers Grove Village Hall

801 Burlington Ave. Downers Grove 60515

Election Day April 7, 2015