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Dear Family, Friends, and Neighbors,

Today I write to you with enthusiasm and great excitement. I will be running for the Office of Mayor for the Village of Downers Grove. For the past year I have been having conversations with many family members, friends, and residents about the future of Downers Grove and how I can best serve my community. It is now clear to me that the time is now to make this step to the center chair. Being appointed Mayor Pro Tem in 2013, has positioned me to see how I would lead the Village differently. Downers Grove is a vibrant Village with a superior record of success and our community needs a leader who can continue to provide guidance, experience, and commit the necessary time to fulfill the duties of the office of Mayor of the Village of Downers Grove. I will focus on Downers Grove and make our community my priority as your Mayor next door.

As you know, I am in the last year of my second term. I have been a Commissioner for almost 8 years, I have been a volunteer for several years, as well as a lifelong Downers Grove resident. In my nearly 8 years on the Downers Grove Village Council I have worked with many great elected officials who have and continue to serve well. I have learned from my experiences on the Village Council and know I can lead the Village of Downers Grove in a way that will be unmatched. Our Village Council needs leadership and follow through with action items to provide our community with the excellent municipal services we have all become used to.

Your help and support in the past campaigns has propelled me and the campaign team to the top vote getter position in both elections. We need to continue that trend and you are a vital part of my campaign for Mayor. This process has begun and there are many steps to victory, right now the focus is on gaining as many petition signatures as possible to send a clear message of support and interest in my campaign.

Here is how you can help:

  1. Join me at Neuco Inc. 5101 Thatcher Downers Grove 60515 September 29, 2014 7:30-8:30 pm for a pre-campaign informational meeting. At this meeting you can pick up petition sheets and learn more about the campaign for Mayor. (Let me know if you can make it so we can plan the event.)
  2. Print the petition pages attached and ask your family, neighbors, friends, co-workers, and any other Downers Grove resident who is a registered voter to sign. A quick trip to each neighbor's house with 2 or more registered voters will net you 10 signatures in 5 houses.
  3. Start to have conversations with friends about the upcoming election. Feel free to give people my cell phone number, 630-768-4163 or my email address geoffneustadt@gmail.com.
  4. Direct people to the the website, www.geoffneustadt.com for information on the campaign and upcoming events and news.
  5. Forward this note on to your Downers Grove contacts, even if you think I already have their email address.

There will be further correspondence from me on more ways to be involved and specific tasks and areas that you could lend your time and efforts to. I have been and plan to be very hands on in my campaign. However, this one is the biggest campaign so far, all the help I can get will be very much appreciated.

Some important dates include:

  • November 17-24 nominating petitions to be filed
  • November - December 2014 campaign organization and planning
  • January 1, 2015 - April 7th 2015 campaign is in full effect
  • April 7, 2015 Election Day & Victory Celebration

This election will be a monumental time in the history of Downers Grove. With the great work happening now at Village Hall, and the expectations I have for the future, Downers Grove will continue to be the best place to live, work, and play. Together we will make a difference in how our Village is shaped going forward. Your support and assistance is crucial to my success and I would like to thank you in advance for all you will do and have done for me in the past.

Warm regards,

Commissioner Geoff Neustadt