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Former Yorkville mayor announces bid for 50th District race

Published: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

YORKVILLE – Former Yorkville mayor Valerie Burd announced that she is joining the race to fill the vacancy soon to be left by a retiring Kay Hatcher in the Illinois House.

Burd, 66, served as an alderman for Yorkville and as mayor from 2007 to 2011. She said while she’s a registered Republican, she joins the race for the 50th District as a Democrat.

“I’m a big supporter of Kay Hatcher, and I’ve known her for a long time,” she said. “The Republican party seems to be leaning way conservative. I’m conservative on some issues, but I’m not conservative on social issues. ... I just feel like I’m compatible with the Democrats right now.”

Hatcher, R-Yorkville, announced she would not seek re-election.

Burd holds degrees in journalism and political science from Northern Illinois University. She’s president of Positive Media Solutions, a corporation that creates community guides, maps and other materials for chambers of commerce and businesses. Burd has five grown children and lives with her husband, Paul, in Yorkville.

She said pension reform and job creation are key issues she’ll focus on in the campaign. She said she hopes to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

“I need to go in there and support the [person] who’s got the solution that’s going to be the best for the people in my district,” she said. “Whether it’s a Republican or Democrat, we’ve got to work on these issues.”

Four GOP hopefuls have declared their candidacy for the 50th District race – Beth Goncher of Aurora, Julie Cosimo of Oswego, Keith Wheeler of Oswego and Bill Keck of Sugar Grove.

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