ST. CHARLES – John Rabchuk, an entrepreneur consultant and active St. Charles volunteer, will join St. Charles attorney Jotham Stein and 3rd Ward Alderman Ray Rogina in the April race for mayor.
Mayor Don DeWitte announced in August he will not seek another term.
“I want to get the city re-energized,” Rabchuk said. “I think the council needs to be more focused on bringing business to the city.”
The 62-year-old has owned two software companies, including Systech Inc., which he sold in 2010. He is a principal at The Caddis Group, a business consulting firm based in Batavia.
The election will be Rabchuk’s first run for office.
“I’m just the kind of person when I see things not going right, I want to fix them,” he said.
As an active volunteer in St. Charles for three decades, Rabchuk has leadership roles within the St. Charles Mental Health Board and Downtown St. Charles Partnership, the St. Charles Comprehensive Plan Task Force and the St. Charles Long Range Strategic Planning Task Force.
If elected, Rabchuk hopes to attract and maintain retail, commercial and industrial enterprises, particularly within the empty storefronts on Main Street and on the east side of St. Charles.
“People don’t come and knock on your door,” he said. “You’ve got to be aggressive.”
Rabchuk said a solution to one of the city’s biggest issues, the largely vacant Charlestowne Mall, is to eliminate parking areas and use land for residential or office purposes.
Rabchuk, who is predicting a growth spurt across the country, added he will focus on accelerating responsible growth in St. Charles.
“It’s just not moving fast enough,” he said. “I think I can make a difference here.”
Rabchuk is also a treasurer for the St. Charles River Corridor Foundation and a member of the St. Charles Kiwanis Club.
He has lived in the same house for 36 years with his wife, Cheryl, while raising two children.