SYCAMORE – Just one mayoral candidate filed official papers to run for workplace in April throughout the first day of submitting on the Sycamore Metropolis Clerk’s workplace Monday, stated Metropolis Clerk Mary Kalk, although others have picked up mayoral packets with an intent to run, she stated.
The morning was crammed largely with metropolis council incumbents searching for to enjoyable for reelection, and no mayoral candidates confirmed up earlier than 9:45 a.m. Monday. Third Ward Alderman Steve Braser handed his candidacy papers in later within the day, Kalk stated, making him the one candidate to file for the soon-to-be accessible mayoral seat thus far. Sycamore Mayor Curt Lang confirmed in September he would not be seeking a second term for the mayor’s seat. Kalk can even search reelection within the Metropolis Clerk’s workplace, she confirmed.
Fourth Ward Dave Stouffer, 35, is operating for the two-year stint to symbolize Sycamore’s Fourth Ward. He works in gross sales and lately moved out of the primary ward together with his spouse, Stephanie, a nurse at Northwestern Drugs Kishwaukee Hospital and three sons, and into the fourth ward.
“I’ve stayed in contact with the mayor and different folks on the town simply all the time searching for methods to be concerned,” Stouffer stated, who additionally sat on Sycamore’s Fireplace and Police Fee in 2019. “My mother and father simply raised me in a approach that you understand, all the time try to give again as a lot as you may, and all the time attempt to have a optimistic affect on different folks and the town round you.”
It isn’t his first time in elected workplace both, as he served the council in Ward 1 from 2017 to 2019, and he is presently serving the fourth ward after the transfer.
Stouffer stated all through his time gathering signatures, Sycamore residents are wanting on the dwindling downtown shops with concern.
Eating places which have introduced everlasting closures embody Cassie’s Corn Crib Cafe, The Pantry Cafe, Ren’s Chinese language Restaurant and Ristorante Di Acquaviva in Sycamore, all citing monetary impacts that hit arduous these previous seven months as lack of eating choices forged a shadow over struggling income.
Two longtime aldermen filed for reelection as effectively Monday, bringing between them greater than 4 many years of council expertise.
Ward 1 Alderman Alan Bauer, who was the primary to file with Kalk Monday, has been in workplace for twenty-four years and is not seeking to cease anytime quickly.
“Actually I perceive the best way to get issues achieved, how issues work, and the best way to work with folks,” Bauer, 66, stated. “I nonetheless am enthusiastic and dedicated about serving the group. That is my hometown. I nonetheless have vitality, and see alternatives to make issues higher.”
He stated the town must ‘hold companies alive.’
“I am very very involved concerning the well being of our companies particularly the well being of our eating places and hospitality trade,” Bauer stated.
Bauer’s longtime colleague Pete Paulsen, 53, has been on the council for 20 years, and filed his reelection papers Monday. He’ll be challenged by Mike Rodriguez, who additionally filed Monday to serve Sycamore’s second ward.
“We’ve challenges forward of us,” Paulsen stated. “However we have had a number of good funding over the past 20 years and I wish to hold that going. Retail’s going to be a problem, however there’s alternative. There are storefronts accessible.”
Paulsen and Stouffer additionally cited continued outcry by metropolis residents over water high quality as a precedence for the council to deal with. At the Dec. 7 meeting, the council took one other step to securing funding for a proposed metropolis lead water service substitute challenge.
Ward 3 Alderman Jeff Fischer and Ward 4 Alderwoman Virginia Sherrod additionally filed papers for reelection as of three:30 p.m. Monday, Kalk stated. Candidates have till Monday, Dec. 21, not together with the weekend, to file papers for poll consideration.
Every day Chronicle reporter Katie Finlon contributed to this story.