BLACKBERRY TOWNSHIP – The race is on for the next Blackberry Township supervisor.
Blackberry Township Cemetery Superintendent and Sexton Fred Dornback has announced he will run as an Independent candidate for Blackberry Township supervisor. Blackberry Township Supervisor David Richmond, who has held the post for the past four years, said he will not seek reelection in April to spend more time with his family.
“I’m starting to step back from a few outside things in life,” Richmond said Tuesday. “My kids are at a critical age. I have twins in eighth grade, and a freshman in high school.”
The position of Blackberry Township supervisor is a part-time job. Richmond’s full-time job is as an attorney in Aurora.
Richmond ran an unsuccessful bid in March for the Republican nomination for the 25th District seat in the state Senate.
Dornback said his main goals would be to “maintain the fiscal integrity of the township and to open more opportunity for public input.”
“I’m a strong believer in personal participation,” he said.
Dornback has lived in Blackberry Township since 1974 and has served as moderator at the annual Blackberry Township town meeting for the past decade. He previously served the township as a member of the Mental Health 708 Board.
Meanwhile, Mike Anderson, son of Elburn Village President Dave Anderson, has declined to run for the position. He was nominated during the Blackberry Township Republican caucus Dec. 4 for township supervisor.
Mike Anderson said he turned down the nomination for personal reasons. He said there were concerns raised that the caucus was conducted improperly.
“I don’t want there to be hard feelings between anybody,” Mike Anderson said.
Both Richmond and Dave Anderson, who are Blackberry Township precinct committeemen, said the caucus was conducted properly.
“Everything was done properly,” Richmond said.
He said precinct committeemen now will discuss whether to nominate someone else for the post. All the Blackberry Township trustees and department heads also were nominated as part of the caucus.