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Eight seek appointment to Geneva's 3rd Ward vacancy

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 5:42 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Eight people requested to be considered for the 3rd Ward alderman vacancy left when Dawn Vogelsberg resigned last month, officials said.

Mayor Kevin Burns said he will decide his choice for alderman by the end of today.

"The quality and quantity of of the candidates reflects the spirit of citizen engagement that is the hallmark of our community," Burns said in a texted response to a question.

Those seeking appointment are:

• Nancy Arden Rice, a veterinarian.

• Gregory Bobeczko, an engineering and program manager who also is a Cub Scout master, and coach with the Geneva Baseball Association and Tri-Cities Soccer.

• Diane Chapman, a Geneva Middle School social studies and language arts teacher who serves a Grassroots Political Activist for the Illinois Education Association. Chapman also served on the Geneva Plan Commission for nine years, and on the Advisory Commission for Historic Preservation and one term on the 708 Mental Health Board. Chapman also was a past member of the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee for East Side Re-Development in Geneva.

•  Larry Furnish, who works in sales, ran unsuccessfully for the 3rd Ward in the past, has been volunteering in the community for the last 24 years with the Geneva Academic Foundation, Geneva Coalition for Youth and Lazaus House.

• Analisa Jaros, who works in the technology resources field, and owns her own small business, JarosDesigns Jewelry.

• Christopher Klis, an attorney, who also coached for girls and boys softball and basketball for the Geneva Park District, and boys baseball and football through the Geneva Baseball Association and Tri-City Football.

• Cynthia Leidig, a member of the Geneva Plan commission since 2005, who also is a landscape designer and architect, and worked as assistant city planner for the village of Bartlett.

• Mary Seno, a nurse at Delnor Hospital for 28 years, currently specializing in case management.

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