As we recover from the effects of the pandemic, it's never been more important to have strong, experienced leaders. With your support, I will join the Elmhurst City Council and use my knowledge, experience, and determination to help the citizens of the Sixth Ward. I'm asking for your vote on April 6th.
Emily has proven her commitment to making Elmhurst a better place for the past 13 years. She served as a D205 school board member, spearheaded a stormwater project with the City, and is very involved at Visitation Parish as well as Jackson and Bryan Schools. She is also an active volunteer at numerous Elmhurst charitable organizations. Most recently, she has focused her attention on food insecurity during the 2020 pandemic. To support local businesses while helping families in need, Emily partnered with Foundation 205 to raise $10,000 that went directly to local restaurants.
Emily will be a strong advocate for the Sixth Ward from day one. She has impressive state and local leadership experience, previously appointed as legal council and Senior Advisor to the Illinois Governor from 2015-2019. She also served on the D205 School Board and an Elmhurst intergovernmental committee. In 2020 she led several community-wide projects to help citizens and businesses affected by the pandemic.
Emily is dedicated to reducing waste and stretching taxpayer dollars. While on the school district's finance committee Emily actualized over $11 million in savings for taxpayers with debt restructuring. After leaving the school board, Emily led the effort to make capital improvements in Elmhurst schools in the most fiscally responsible way possible.
In a letter to 6th Ward residents, Emily was endorsed for her experience, leadership, and ability to get things done. Mayor Steve Morley, City Clerk Jackie Haddad-Tamer, Alderman Mike Honquest, and Alderman Jim Kennedy said this about Emily:
After serving as your alderman for 12 years, Jim Kennedy has chosen not to run in the April 6th election. We are writing to you today because we care deeply about you, our Ward, and our City. Like you, we want to see a strong, honest, hardworking leader representing our Ward along with current 6thWard Alderman Mike Honquest. It is more important than ever to have experienced leadership and someone who knows our City as we work together to recover from the effects of the pandemic. Emily Bastedo is running to fill the seat and we fully support her as the next 6th Ward Alderman.
We have all worked directly with Emily for 8+ years and witnessed firsthand her commitment to making Elmhurst a better town by working collaboratively to get things done. Emily has extensive experience in local matters and she will hit the ground running as your alderman.
Emily is a dedicated volunteer in our community – the type of leader who rolls up her sleeves and puts her words into action. One example of her commitment to our town was the way she jumped in to support local businesses impacted by the effects of COVID. Last year Emily used funds donated to the Elmhurst Community Relief Fund to help our local businesses. She directed $10,000 to Riley’s, HB Jones, and other local restaurants when they were facing unprecedented challenges.
As a former D205 School Board member, Emily knows how important our intra-governmental relationships are. She represented the school district on one of the City’s critical stormwater projects and we worked with her to create an agreement that her fellow board members supported. Emily’s dedication to overcoming hurdles was admirable and this project protected property valued at more the $17.5 million in the 6th Ward and protected home values of surrounding properties.
We ask that you vote for Emily on April 6thor during early voting which is at City Hall starting March 22nd.
Emily is a former municipal finance attorney and now a government relations expert. Thirteen years ago Emily and her husband Brian chose Elmhurst as the place to raise their two boys. Their sons attend Visitation and Bryan. To learn more about Emily click below.
Emily was the only 6th Ward candidate to answer every question The Patch asked without editing or changing her answers after the deadline. People who know Emily know that she is direct and honest and never does anything halfway. Click below to read Emily's responses to questions about her goals and earning voter trust.
Emily and the other Sixth Ward candidates answered questions during this 1 hour forum where Emily proved that she is knowledgeable, prepared, and the most qualified candidate to represent the 6th Ward.