Four candidates – each with a meritable skill set – are competing to be the next mayor of St. Charles. Jake Wyatt, a retired U.S. Army colonel and former executive with Sears who also has started his own small businesses, wants to preserve and enhance the community, in part, by taking a collaborative approach to development. Jotham Stein, a business lawyer and author, lists bringing businesses to St. Charles as a top priority and, if elected, would propose an ordinance that states, “The mayor shall do no business with anybody who does business with the city.” John Rabchuk, who provides management consulting for construction material producers and has started and owned two national software companies related to the construction industry, has been involved with numerous civic organizations, including the St. Charles 708 Community Mental Health Board and the 2013 St. Charles Comprehensive Plan Task Force. He has fresh ideas for the city, such as making St. Charles a cycling hub and transforming the Fox River into a recreational asset, which he says could lead to a synergy that would help attract new business. Then there is Ray Rogina, a current 3rd Ward alderman who has served as a public school teacher and as president of the St. Charles Education Association. Rogina wants to preserve the heritage of St. Charles, support and pursue cultural and recreational offerings, and get balanced budgets passed. He would prioritize careful decision-making in city government and not rushing to conclusions. We believe Rogina’s experience gives him an edge over the other candidates in this race. He is endorsed.