BATAVIA – Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke on Monday said he would run for a ninth term next year.
Schielke said he is running again to ensure the completion of the downtown streetscape program. North River Street was the first downtown street to receive streetscape improvements this summer.
“I would like to see the streetscape program finished,” Schielke said after Monday’s City Council meeting. “I think that is an important enough project for Batavia.”
Schielke, 63, who began his first term as Batavia mayor in 1981, is the longest running mayor in Kane County. Schielke said he was encouraged to run for re-election and began circulating petitions Sunday.
During the City Council meeting, 1st Ward Alderman Michael O’Brien announced that he will also seek re-election. Half of the City Council, which consists of 14 aldermen, will be up for re-election next year.
Several aldermen have announced they will not run again, including 7th Ward Alderwoman Dawn Tenuta.
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.
Batavia 2nd Ward Alderman Victor Dietz and 3rd Ward Alderwoman Janet Jungels said recently they will not run for re-election.
Dietz said he will not run 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.
Candidates for the April election started circulating nominating petitions Sept. 25. Petitions need to be filed by Dec. 26.