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Five face off for three open Butler positions

Village of Butler – It's a busy election season in Butler as the community looks to move beyond last year's headlines about impropriety within the local police department. In addition to public safety, candidates for Village Board are concerned about taxes and commercial development.

Five residents are running for three open positions this spring on the Butler Village Board. The top three vote-getters will assume the seats after the ballots are counted in next Tuesday's spring general election.

All three incumbents with expiring seats — Jeanne Briggs, Dave Hasselgrave and Susan Hasselgrave — are running for re-election. Also in the mix is political newcomer Patricia Tiarks and former board member Michael T. Thew Sr.

Jeanne Briggs

Briggs was appointed to the Village Board in August and is looking to serve her first full term in office.

"I want to ensure we keep our community safe," Briggs said. "I want to help Butler move forward."

Briggs said she would like to see the village's main thoroughfare along Hampton Avenue have "a better look." She said she supports the local police force, but adds, "I would like to see a little more transparency from them."

Dave Hasselgrave

Dave Hasselgrave and his wife, Susan, are seeking a third term in office. The couple run a number of community events, most of which are not funded by taxpayer dollars.

In terms of issues of importance in the community, Dave said he would like to see the village place more importance on short- and long-term planning.

"We do have some issues in the village," Dave said, pointing to aging infrastructure and periodic issues with trash piling up. "But this is a nice little community, and we're happy to call it home."

Susan Hasselgrave

Susan Hasselgrave is the second half of the husband-wife team seeking re-election. Susan points to her lifelong residency in Butler as an outward sign to her commitment.

She views the state of Hampton Avenue as an important part of the village, and she asserted it needs attention. She also would like to help see through a plan to add a park to the community.

"I think we need to move Butler beyond the 1970s," Susan said. "We need to be thinking about the branding and positioning of the village. It's important we work out a plan."

Patricia Tiarks

As a member of last year's Centennial Committee, Tiarks was among the residents who helped spearhead Butler's milestone celebration. The experience, she said, gave her a renewed appreciation for the community.

"I want to represent the citizens," Tiarks said of her philosophy, if elected to serve on the board. "If people want something, I will do what I can."

Tiarks said she would like to keep taxes reasonable and expressed an interest in sprucing up Hampton Avenue. "We are landlocked, but we have some empty storefronts I'd like to see filled."

Michael T. Thew Sr.

Thew, who has served four years on the Village Board, was defeated a year ago. He attributed "dirty pool" to his being ousted, and said he has a continued desire to serve the community.

Thew said he considers himself a conservative person and touted a desire to be fiscally responsible as capital spending issues are considered in the years ahead. "Public safety is a big concern of mine right now," Thew said. "The state of the police department has given Butler a great big, black eye. But we have to move beyond what happened last year."

Jeanne Briggs (Inc.)

Age: 55

Address: 12902 W. Lancaster Ave.

Occupation: former real estate agent

Family: husband, Tom; two children

Elected office: appointed to Village Board in August

Activities: member of village Park and Recreation Committee

Years in Community: 50

Dave Hasselgrave (inc.)

Age: 63

Address: 4619 N. 124th St.

Occupation: co-owner of Honey-Do Helpers

Family:wife, Susan

Elected office: 4 years on Village Board

Activities: runs Butler Farmers Market; coordinates village's Fourth of July activities, Christmas parade, annual chili cook-off, Hot Rods on Hampton event, Hogs on Hampton event; served on Butler's Centennial Committee

Years in Community: 42

Susan Hasselgrave (inc.)

Age: 58

Address: 4619 N. 124th St.

Occupation: home healthcare; co-owner of Honey-Do Helpers

Family: husband, Dave

Elected office: 4 years on Village Board

Activities: runs Butler Farmers Market; coordinates village's Fourth of July activities, Christmas parade, annual chili cook-off, Hot Rods on Hampton event, Hogs on Hampton event; served on Butler's Centennial Committee

Years in Community: 58

Patricia Tiarks

Age: 72

Address: 4724 N. 127th St.

Occupation: retired office manager

Family: husband, Robert; two children

Elected office: none

Activities: served on Butler's Centennial Committee, member of Butler Library Board, election inspector

Years in Community: 51

Michael T. Thew Sr.

Age: 53

Address: 4903 N. 126th St.

Occupation: works at Halquist Stone

Family: engaged, one child

Elected office: served 4 years on Butler Village Board in past

Activities: donates time to work with veterans

Years in Community: 22

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