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, mentioned Metropolis Clerk Mary Kalk, although others have picked up mayoral packets with an intent to run, she mentioned.
The morning was stuffed largely with metropolis council incumbents in search of 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 mentioned, making him the one candidate to file for the soon-to-be out there 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 may also search reelection within the Metropolis Clerk’s workplace, she confirmed.
Fourth Ward Dave Stouffer, 35, is working for the two-year stint to symbolize Sycamore’s Fourth Ward. He works in gross sales and just lately moved out of the primary ward along with his spouse, Stephanie, a nurse at Northwestern Medication 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 mentioned, who additionally sat on Sycamore’s Fireplace and Police Fee in 2019. “My mother and father simply raised me in a manner that you already know, all the time try to give again as a lot as you’ll be able to, 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 mentioned 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 exhausting these previous seven months as lack of eating choices forged a shadow over struggling income.
Two longtime aldermen filed for reelection as nicely 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 trying to cease anytime quickly.
“Really I perceive the right way to get issues finished, how issues work, and the right way to work with folks,” Bauer, 66, mentioned. “I nonetheless am enthusiastic and dedicated about serving the neighborhood. That is my hometown. I nonetheless have vitality, and see alternatives to make issues higher.”
He mentioned the town must ‘hold companies alive.’
“I am very very involved in regards to the well being of our companies particularly the well being of our eating places and hospitality trade,” Bauer mentioned.
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 have now challenges forward of us,” Paulsen mentioned. “However we have had a variety 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 out there.”
Paulsen and Stouffer additionally cited continued outcry by metropolis residents over water high quality as a precedence for the council to handle. At the Dec. 7 meeting, the council took one other step to securing funding for a proposed metropolis lead water service substitute mission.
Ward 3 Alderman Jeff Fischer and Ward 4 Alderwoman Virginia Sherrod additionally filed papers for reelection as of three:30 p.m. Monday, Kalk mentioned. Candidates have till Monday, Dec. 21, not together with the weekend, to file papers for poll consideration.
Day by day Chronicle reporter Katie Finlon contributed to this story.