No opposition yet for Schielke in Batavia
BATAVIA – It’s still unknown whether Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke will have any opposition in his bid for a ninth term.
Monday is the first day to file nominating petitions for the April consolidated election. Schielke, who began his first term as Batavia mayor in 1981, recently announced he will run for re-election.
Batavia 2nd Ward Alderman Alan Wolff and former Batavia MainStreet executive director Britta McKenna, who lost in their bids to unseat Schielke in 2009, said they have no plans to run against him again.
“I am happy to do the job I’m doing,” Wolff said Wednesday. “I feel that I’m an integral part of city government.”
McKenna, who stepped down as Batavia MainStreet executive director in December 2010, said she will not run for mayor at this time. However, McKenna hinted she may run again someday.
“The door is never closed,” she said. “Alan and I got 40 percent of the vote, which I thought was admirable.”
Schielke said he doesn’t know whether he has any opposition. He said he probably will submit his nominating petitions Monday or Tuesday.
Petitions need to be filed by Dec. 26. Several aldermen already have announced they will not run for re-election, including 2nd Ward Alderman Victor Dietz, 3rd Ward Alderman Janet Jungels and 7th Ward Alderman Dawn Tenuta.