David S. Olsen, a Downers Grove native, officially launched his campaign for mayor yesterday at a rally attended by more than 100 supporters. The rally took place at Gatto’s Restaurant in downtown Downers Grove.

“Giving back to my hometown of Downers Grove through public service is very important to me,” said Olsen. “I truly believe that every level of Olsen photocommunity service in which I have engaged over the last several years has brought me to this point; to this place where the relationships I have built and skills I have honed have prepared me to be a successful Mayor of Downers Grove.”

According to Olsen, his mayoral bid will focus on several key issues: keeping local taxes and fees low, balancing budgets, attracting and maintaining a robust business community, and providing for a high degree of community involvement.

“I’ve been knocking on doors for several weeks now, and the reception has been extremely positive,” Olsen said. “People are excited about my deep commitment to Downers Grove, first as a member of the Village Council, then as Mayor Pro Tem, and now as a candidate for Mayor. After my additional service as College of DuPage Trustee and State Representative, residents are familiar with my reputation as a consensus-builder. I hope to continue to provide this type of collaborative leadership for our village.”

Olsen is a graduate of Downers Grove South High School and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned dual degrees in Finance and Management. While at the University, he served as Student Body President. He previously served on the Downers Grove Village Council from 2013 to 2016, on the College of DuPage Board from 2016 to 2017 and in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2016 to 2019. He currently serves as a Director for the District 58 Education Foundation and is an active member of Chamber630.

“I’m thrilled to have an enthusiastic team of campaign volunteers who are already working really hard,” added Olsen. “We look forward to speaking with residents from all across our community.”

Yard signs and other materials will be available in the coming weeks. Olsen can be reached via phone at (630) 697-2552 or email at Olsen4Mayor@gmail.com.