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Schmidt won’t run for re-election in Elburn

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

ELBURN – Elburn Village Board elections may not be until April, but they’re already on the radar for a few trustees.

Three seats are up for election in April, including Jerry Schmidt’s. He served one four-year term and said he’s not seeking re-election in April. He said he did not want to comment on why he’s not running.

However, Jeff Walter and Ken Anderson Jr. both said they were interested in running for another term in April.

Walter said he plans to run for a second term, partly because he wants to see how upcoming development projects play out.

One of those projects is the Elburn Station, a ShoDeen development that would bring more than 2,200 new homes to the village over the next two decades.

“I want to stay at the table and continue to work at that and make sure the best possible development comes to Elburn,” he said.

As chair of the village’s finance committee, Walter said he feels he still has work to do with the village’s budget.

Ken Anderson said he is also running for his seat again in April because of the Elburn Station project.

“I would like to continue with the land-use plan we’re working on right now,” he said. “I also believe the Anderson Road bridge should be a priority.”

The construction of the Anderson Road extension from Route 38, over the Union Pacific Railroad, to Keslinger Road would help reduce backups at the Route 47 railroad crossing in downtown Elburn.

“I believe Anderson Road plays a critical part in how Elburn grows,” he said.

The village president’s seat is also up for election, and Dave Anderson has said he plans to run for re-election. He said in August that he wants to see the Anderson Road bridge project through.

Trustee Bill Grabarek said he had contemplated running for the village president seat, but said as of now, he’s no longer considering running for that position.

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