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Hopefuls want to keep Sugar Grove Fire Protection District's standards

SUGAR GROVE – None of the candidates running for the board that oversees Sugar Grove’s fire department believes major changes are needed in the fire protection district.

But all the candidates believe they should have a seat on the board that maintains what they believe are the high standards at the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District.

On April 9, voters in and around Sugar Grove will select two of three candidates to serve on the Sugar Grove Fire Protection Board.

Challengers John Guddendorf Jr. and Cheryl Wojciechowski are running against incumbent David Linden. Current Sugar Grove Fire District trustee Scott Stalcup declined to seek re-election, leaving his board seat open. 

Guddendorf, 53, of Sugar Grove, who works as a construction manager for the Kane County Division of Transportation, said he believes the current board of trustees has done “an excellent job.”

He lauded the board for its handling of the district’s budget and management of personnel and equipment, despite difficult economic conditions.

“It’s really important to keep that up, so we can maintain a budget that’s affordable for people,” Guddendorf said.

He said he also will make it a priority to make sure the fire district is ready for future growth.

Wojciechowski, 50, of Sugar Grove, said she also believes the district has managed its business well in recent years. She said she became familiar with the fire district several years ago when she worked in an administrative assistant role at the fire station.

“I just want what’s best for the firefighters,” Wojciechowski said.

Linden did not return calls from The Kane County Chronicle.

Guddendorf and Wojciechowski said they believe their experience makes them best suited to serve on the board.

Wojciechowski, a mother of three, noted her experience through the years volunteering at her children’s schools, which she said has given her a community-based perspective.

“It’s nice to get new blood in there, get some new ideas, and new ways of looking at things sometimes,” she said.

Wojciechowski said she also has the time to fully devote herself to being a trustee.

Guddendorf said his career in highway management has allowed him to work with the public and local governments “every day for the past 35 years.”

He also noted his involvement in community organizations and events, including the Between Friends Food Pantry, Holiday in the Grove and the Sugar Grove Corn Boil.

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