I'm a High School Special Education Teacher, a mother, a wife, and a firm believer that Downers Grove is the best suburb around. I hold a Bachelors Degree from Bradley University in History Secondary Education and Music, a Masters Degree from Governors State University in Teacher Administration, and a Masters Degree from University of St. Francis in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in English as a Second Language.
I never thought I would be running for any type of office. When a friend and fellow Rotarian encouraged me to apply for an open seat on the Village Council in 2016, I thought he was crazy. The more I thought about it, the more something about it spoke to me. I was appointed on September 6th, 2016. I then ran, and was elected in the Spring of 2017 to a 2-year term.
I'm running for a full, 4 year-term because this job is nothing what that I imagined it would be-it's actually better. I have learned so many things, and continue to do so every day. I have been able to connect with residents that I may not otherwise have made connections with and found ways for the Village of Downers Grove to support them. For the past 2.5 years I have played a role in maintaining a balanced budget and keeping our AAA bond rating. I look forward to being a part of Downers Grove's future. It is already a great place to live, work, and play. Together we will make it even better.
As a result of thoughtful deliberation and collaboration between council and village staff the following notable accomplishments have been achieved:
By unanimous vote, council approved a village facilities plan that fully resolves police department & village hall needs without increasing property taxes;
By unanimous vote, council rezoned downtown which will support new development while maintaining the unique character of our downtown;
By unanimous vote, council adopted stronger storm water regulations to better protect our residential property owners
By unanimous vote, council launched a regional peer jury program, adopted Tobacco 21, launched the Human Services ad hoc committee.
Council sustained and supported an ISO 1 Fire Department, CALEA Gold Police Department and a nationally recognized Public Works Department
Council achieved these accomplishments with a balanced budget, sustained our AAA bond rating and did all this without raising property taxes for operations
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Marge for Mayor endorsed
“Nicole brings a unique, thoughtful perspective to the DGVC and she is a pleasure to work with. I whole heartedly endorse her for re-election!”