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We will continue to add endorsed candidates throughout the year, but due to the condensed time frame of the primary season we were not able to evaluate all races. Please check back periodically.

Endorsed Candidates for DuPage County Forest Preserve Districts

President: Joe Cantore, Republican 


Joe Cantore has demonstrated strength and resolve to stand up to political pressure and do what is right for the environment.

As Commissioner, he has voted for projects that restore biodiversity, create habitat for wildlife, and give people a great outdoor experience. He has been accessible to constituents, and is against giving up forest preserve land for private projects. Cantore has the leadership skills and experience to continue guiding the Forest Preserve Commission in the coming years.

District 6: Shannon Burns, Democrat 

A long-time volunteer for Sierra Club, Morton Arboretum and Wayne Conserv-ancy, in her first term as Forest Preserve Commissioner, Shannon Burns has been powerful and effective advocate for wetlands protection, fiscal responsibil-ity, transparency in government, trail building and enlightened forest stewardship.

Burns has been effective in reaching across the aisle to work with Republicans as well as staff and volunteers to get things accomplished. For instance, her efforts to resolve problems between volunteers and staff at Danada Equestrian Center earned her a standing ovation at the board meeting when she presented her report. “I never saw anything like it,” said Tom Richardson, River Prairie Group’s Forest Preserve liaison. "Republican commissioners were standing and applauding. In the audience, Danada volunteers and staff were standing and ap-plauding too. This problem had festered for so long."

To further transparency in government, Burns proposed and passed resolutions that led to regular evening meetings, a working ethics committee and accurate recording of public comments.

Her passion for fiscal responsibility has led her to donate 6 percent of her salary to fund transportation of children to Kline Creek Farm programs. She voted to re-duce commissioner salaries and against programs that were duplicative and wasteful.

She has tirelessly advocated for projects that increase species diversity and add to people’s enjoyment of the forest preserves. She has walked door to door in neighborhoods near restoration projects explaining the benefits.

Burns carries on the great tradition of District 6 sending a great commissioner to the DuPage Forest Preserve Commission.

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