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Oak Brook Village President Gopal Lalmalani mulling a run for a fourth-term in 2023

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Gopal Lalmalani plans to decide soon whether he will attempt to make Oak Brook history with a fourth term as Village President.

If Lalmalani successfully runs in 2023 for another four-year term, it would make him the first person to serve more than three terms since the village’s first president in 1958.

When he was reelected in 2019 to a third term, it made him the third person to do so, joining Karen Bushy, who served from 1991 to 2003, and Wence Cerne, who was Village President from 1979 to 1991.

When he was re-elected in 2019 to a third term, it made him the third person to do so, joining Karen Bushy, who served from 1991 to 2003, and Hence Cerne, who was Village President from 1979 to 1991.
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But as of Tuesday Aug. 30, Lalmalani had yet to make a final decisions on whether he will seek reelection.

“I’ll make my decision and then announce it at one of our September (Village Board) meetings,” he said, referring to Sept. 13 or Sept. 27. “I know that if I run again and am successful it would be unprecedented for Oak Brook to have someone in a fourth term. That is a consideration, but there are certainly other factors I am considering.”

Lalmalani said he has had multiple conversations with family members about possibly seeking another term as Village President.

“I have members of my family on opposite sides with their opinions about that,” Lalmalani said. “I am taking several things into consideration before I make a decision. While Lalmalani has yet to decide if he will seek another term as Village President in 2023, longtime board member Asif Yusuf said in June that he will run for that office.

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Yusuf currently is serving a third consecutive four-year term, and fourth overall, as a trustee. He was first elected to the board in 2003 and unsuccessfully ran for village president in 2007, before again winning a board seat in 2011. His current term ends in 2023.

Two board members, who were elected in 2021 to four-year terms, said they would consider running for Village President if Lalmalani deicides to not seek reelection.

“I’m a huge supporter of Gopal and would love to see him run again,” Larry Herman said. “I think this new board has been working very well together to get things done.”

Suresh Reddy also confirmed Tuesday Aug. 30 that he is considering running for Village President, but only will do so if Lalmalani decides to end his service.

Board members Ed Tiesenga, first elected in 2015, and Michael Manzo, who first won office in 2011, both said they plan to seek another four-year term as a trustee.

“I believe the board we’ve had together since the election in 2021 has been working very well together and has created a team that will get things done for the village,” Manzo said. “If a different group had been elected last year I probably would not be running for another term, but I would like to continue being part of this group.”

When Yusuf said in June that he planned to run in 2023 for Village President, board members Jim Nagle, Herman and Manzo said they will support Lalmalani if he decides to seek reelection, and, if not, stand behind another candidate from the existing board, other than Yusuf.

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Herman is the only one of the three who so far has expressed interest in possibly running for Village President.

Chuck Fieldman is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.

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