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Two Oak Lawn trustees behind mayor's challenger

Tom Phelan won't run for re-election

By Laura Bollin

Two Oak Lawn trustees and two village trustee candidates have put their support behind a woman who will hope to unseat incumbent Mayor Dave Heilmann in next spring's election.

Sandra Bury, an optometrist and owner of Complete Vision Care, has been endorsed by incumbent trustees Alex Olejniczak (District 2) and Tom Duhig (District 4), who are running for reelection in April, as well as trustee candidates Tim Desmond and Mike Carberry.

The four trustee candidates are running independently Bury said.

Trustee Tom Phelan (District 6), a political ally of Olejniczak's and Duhig's, is not running for reelection. Phelan has put his support behind Carberry, a former 36th District state representative and the deputy director of facilities management for Cook County, according to Bury. Carberry will run in District 6.

In an email to Oak Lawn residents, Phelan thanked the community for supporting him in eight years of service to the village. He said he will not run again because he believed the people of Oak Lawn would benefit most from him devoting his time and energy to bringing a mayoral change to the village. Phelan has been at the center of political disputes with Heilmann and village Trustee Bob Streit.

Desmond, the founder and owner of Jack Desmond's Pub in Chicago Ridge and a stationary engineer with Local 399, is running in District 1 against Trustee Cynthia Trautsch, who is running on Heilmann's Mayor's Independence Party ticket. Trautsch was appointed to replace Jerry Hurckes when he resigned from his seat in October 2011. The election will be for a two-year term.

Olejniczak is running for reelection against Mayor's Independence Party candidate Julie Misner. Olejniczak is the vice president of operations for Dearborn Wholesalers.

Misner is the board secretary for Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 and an administrative assistant at an independent accounting firm.

Duhig is running for reelection against Mayor's Independence Party candidate Tim Reilly. Duhig works in the court services division of the Cook County Sheriff's Office.

Reilly is the owner of a steel supply company and a member of the Oak Lawn Planning and Development Commission.

Carberry is running against Mayor's Independence Party candidate Carol Sheahan. Sheahan is an Oak Lawn Green Team member and a member of the Kolmar Elementary School Parent Teacher Association.

Bury said she wants to work to put the residents of Oak Lawn first.

"I see a great and unrealized potential for Oak Lawn, but only if we find a way to work together and do what is best for the community, not for ourselves," Bury said. "It is time to put Oak Lawn first again."