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Geneva man announces run for Kane County Board

GENEVA – Geneva lawyer and community volunteer John Martin said he will seek the Republican nomination for Kane County Board District 11.

Martin, 65, said he plans to seek the office to be vacated by current board member Michael Donahue in the Nov. 4, 2014, general election. Donahue has said he will not seek another term.

“When I became aware a position would be open, I thought it would be a decent thing to do for myself and the community and serve for four years,” Martin said.

A founder of the Huck Bouma law firm based in Wheaton, Martin said he would be transitioning into a new phase of his life.

Martin said he has had more than 40 years experience as an attorney concentrating in real estate, land use and zoning, as well as representing local governmental entities and other institutions. 

As a volunteer, Martin was chairman of the Geneva Academic Foundation, a member of the Geneva Zoning Board of Appeals, Geneva Plan Commission and several of the city’s ad hoc committees.  

Martin also served on the Waubonsee Community College Foundation and is a past president and current member of the Geneva Lions Club.

His platform is to facilitate the redevelopment of Settlers Hill Landfill for recreational purposes, facilitate the sale and redevelopment of the former Sixth Street School property that the county owns and to control government spending, reduce taxes and maintain quality of life in Kane County. 

“I do believe that the people who serve on that [Kane County] Board are stewards of whatever increment of the tax bill they are responsible for,” Martin said. “When they spend money, they need to do it in a manner that is productive and conservative.”

Martin also supports a phase out of health insurance and pension benefits for board members and the imposition of 10-year term limits for members and the chairman.

Donahue said he supports Martin for the position.

“I have known him professionally for 30 years. I was a planning director for the cty of Geneva while he was on the plan commission,” Donahue said. “He is a very common-sense person – a little older and wiser than me. He would make a great board member.”

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