DuPage Township Trustee Maripat Oliver explained her decision to run for Bolingbrook village trustee under a familiar-sounding party name for the April 2019 municipal elections.
Oliver announced her entrance into the race for three seats on the village board last month under the Bolingbrook First Party.
It’s the same party name that Mayor Roger Claar and his ticket used in 2017 when he last won re-election. His party changed its name to the First Party for Bolingbrook.
“I am known in the community as a member of the Bolingbrook First Party, because I am,” Oliver said. “My record of work with the party and name recognition with it, proves that.”
She explained she had worked with the Bolingbrook First Party for the last nine years or so. She said she and her husband have knocked on “thousands of doors during that period of time.”
The First Party for Bolingbrook slate, composed of Mary Alexander-Basta, Sheldon Watts and Michael Carpanzano, released a statement saying they were “surprised” by the announcement and “consider Maripat’s effort to copy the same party name the mayor used in his last election the highest form of flattery.”
“As such, no one person, not even Roger Claar, gets to say ‘you’re our candidate’ or ‘not you, it’s not your time,’” Oliver said. “Those are decisions that are left to the voters and the democratic process.”
Both the First Party for Bolingbrook and the Bolingbrook United Party announced their candidates for the April 2 election. Two village trustees whose terms are up announced they will not be seeking re-election.