DuPage Township Trustee Maripat Oliver announced her entrance into the race for a seat on the Bolingbrook Board of Trustees.
The village of Bolingbrook will have three positions on the board on the ballot for the April 2 election.
Oliver has served on the DuPage Township Board of Trustees since 2013. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed her to serve on the Post Adoption Advisory Board and the Children and Family Services Review Board. She has also been the director of sales for Best Western Hotels.
In 2010, she ran unsuccessfully for state representative as a Republican in the 85th District against Emily McAsey. She is a 22-year resident of Bolingbrook, is married and has five children with her husband, Paul. Oliver and her husband were foster parents and adopted three children.
In 2014, she won the Bolingbrook Female Citizen of the Year award. Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar said her “behavior and dedication is an example for the entire community. She has donated countless hours of her time to make Bolingbrook a better place to live,” according to a news release.
Earlier this year, the First Party for Bolingbrook announced its three candidates, current Village Trustee Sheldon Watts, Mary Alexander-Basta and Michael Carpanzano.
The Bolingbrook United Party also announced its three candidates, Ajaz Gill, Jaime Olson and Terri Ransom, in the race for the village trustee posts. The relatively new party got one member of its 2017 ticket elected to the board in Trustee Bob Jaskiewicz.
Two sitting members of the Village Board, Ricardo Morales and Deresa Hoogland, will not be seeking re-election. Claar appointed Watts to fill a vacancy on the board after the death of longtime trustee, Leroy Brown, last year.