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Naperville’s Janice Anderson quits DuPage board District 5 race

The field of six candidates in the Nov. 8 general election for DuPage County Board District 5 is down to four.

Republican Janice Anderson, of Naperville, is the latest candidate to withdraw her bid, citing job constraints.

That leaves Naperville City Councilwoman Patricia “Patty” Gustin as the only Republican on the ballot for one of the three open, four-year terms in the board district that serves Naperville, eastern Aurora and sections of Lisle, Woodridge and Warrenville.

Gustin will face two incumbents — Democrats Dawn DeSart, of Aurora, and Sadia Covert, of Naperville — and Democratic newcomer Saba Haider, of Aurora.

In an email, Anderson said she made the decision to withdraw from the race last week, saying she thoroughly enjoyed her previous term on the board and would like to seek election again in the future.

Her new position at the global management consulting and executive search firm Egon Zehnder is taking a great amount of time.

“It’s a very fulfilling position so I thought best to not continue to run at this time,” Anderson said.

In addition, she said she’s downtown Chicago during the day, “which makes serving on the County Board a little more tricky.”

Anderson plans to continue in her role as a member of the DuPage County Zoning Board of Appeals and president-elect of the Rotary Club of Naperville After Dark.

“My bucket is full at the moment,” she said.

The list of candidates in District 5 has gone through multiple changes in the past month.

Haider is the Democratic Party’s replacement on the ballot for Amy Chavez, who withdrew from the District 5 race and resigned from the DuPage County Board earlier this month because her family was moving out of state.

Republican Richard Janor, a Naperville Park Board member who was running for County Board, left the District 5 race to challenge incumbent Democrat Janet Yang Rohr in the 41st state representative district.

Janor was the Republican Party’s pick to replace Naperville City Councilwoman Jennifer Bruzan Taylor, who withdrew from the 41st District race for personal reasons.

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