Sixth Ward Alderman Mark Walsten will host a fundraising event for his mayoral campaign at a Des Plaines restaurant on Thursday, Oct. 4. Supporters will gather at Café la Cave, 2777 Mannheim Road, to make donations and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“I look forward to hearing your thoughts about how the future of Des Plaines should look through your eyes,” Walsten stated on the invitation.
Donations start at $25. To RSVP call (847) 759-9126, or email mark [at] walstenformayor.com.
Last week Walsten became the second candidate in the race for the seat, which will open when Mayor Martin Moylan’s term ends in 2013. Former Des Plaines mayor Tony Arredia was first to announce his candidacy in August.
Fourth Ward Alderman Dick Sayad has previously expressed interest in running for mayor, but has not made a decision to run, he said.
Walsten stated accomplishments that qualified him as a candidate for mayor included accelerating the storm water master plan to reduce flooding, working on budgets that resulted in a zero percent tax increase for Des Plaines residents for the last two years, reducing government debt by $20 million and reducing staff by 50 members.
The first day candidates can pick up informational packets to run and distribute petitions is Sept. 25. Click here for a list important dates for the 2013 consolidated election.
Moylan is running for state representative in the 55th House District.