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Batavia alderwoman won’t seek re-election

BATAVIA – Seventh Ward Alderwoman Dawn Tenuta announced during Monday’s Batavia City Council meeting that she will not seek a second term next spring.

Tenuta, who was elected to the City Council in 2009, said she would not seek re-election for personal reasons.

“This is an exciting time for Batavia,” she said. “Great change and improvement is already happening downtown. I’m calling out to civic-minded residents of the 7th Ward to seek the position and continue the momentum.”

In her time on the City Council, Tenuta said, she has been most proud of getting the city’s strategic plan in place and moving forward with the downtown streetscape program. North River Street was the first street to receive improvements this summer.

Tenuta’s announcement brings to three the number of Batavia aldermen who will not be running for re-election. Batavia 2nd Ward Alderman Victor Dietz and 3rd Ward Alderwoman Janet Jungels said recently they will not run for re-election next year.

Dietz said he will not run again because he started a new job that requires extensive travel. Dietz first was elected to the City Council in 2005.

Jungels was appointed to the City Council in 2010 after the death of 3rd Ward Alderwoman Linnea Miller. She then was elected in 2011 to fill the remaining two years of her term.

Half of the City Council, which consists of 14 aldermen, will be up for re-election next year. Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke has not announced yet whether he will run for re-election.

Candidates for the April election started circulating nominating petitions Sept. 25. Petitions need to be filed by Dec. 24.

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