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Bolingbrook trustee candidate runs under similar party name

Earlier this week, DuPage Township Trustee Maripat Oliver announced her entrance into the race for one of the three seats on the Bolingbrook Village Board up for election in April.

In a press release, Oliver said she filed for the election as a candidate for the "Bolingbrook First Party."

It appears that, while it is a different party, it bears the same name of the ticket Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar and Village Trustees Michael Lawler, Maria Zarate and Sheldon Watts ran on nearly two years ago.

Since then, Mary Alexander-Basta, Michael Carpanzano and Watts announced they were running in April under the "First Party for Bolingbrook" ticket. Two of the current trustees up for re-election will be stepping down. Watts lost his bid in 2017, but was subsequently appointed to the board by Claar after the death of longtime Trustee and Deputy Mayor Leroy Brown in October 2017.

The candidates for the First Party for Bolingbrook reacted to the news of Oliver's entrance in the race with a statement saying, "Everyone has the right to run for office and serve their community. While surprised, we consider Maripat's effort to copy the same party name the mayor used in his last election the highest form of flattery; we wish her well."

Another party, the Bolingbrook United Party, also announced its three candidates, Ajaz Gill, Jaime Olson and Terri Ransom, for village trustee earlier this year. The party ran a challenge to Claar in 2017 but only managed to get then-trustee candidate Bob Jaskiewicz elected to the board.

Oliver has served on the DuPage Township Board of Trustees since 2013 and was appointed to the Children and Family Services Review Board. She did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story.

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