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Four seek 3 Kaneville Village Board seats

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

KANEVILLE – Voters in the village will choose from four candidates for three spots on the Kaneville Village Board for the April 9 election.

Incumbents Jon Behm and Nick Garifalis and newcomers Eric Kroehnert and Carl Hauser will face off.

Behm said his experience with building and construction make him a good candidate. He has served as a trustee since his appointment in 2006. Kaneville incorporated in 2006 to prevent it from being annexed or absorbed into other villages.

“I am a hands-on person,” he said. “I have a vested interest in the success of the village because I am raising my children here and also have a business within the village.”

Kroehnert said when a trustee position became available, he was interested.

“I felt the necessity to extend my experiences and training to the local community,” he said. “As a resident, I also share the need to maintain the unique, small, rural agriculture identity my fellow residents envision, in keeping Kaneville as Kaneville.”

Kroehnert added his diverse experience and formal education make him a good candidate for the job. His experiences range from military service to facilities planning/management to business owner and more.

Hauser said his interest in a position stems from his desire to be more involved with the community.

“I’m just trying to put back toward the community what the community has done for me over the years,” he said. “A lot of it is, I care about what goes on in our community. ... I like Kaneville the way it is and I want to keep it that way as best we can.”

Garifalis could not be reached for comment.

He was appointed as trustee to fill the vacancy created when Rick Peck became interim village president.

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