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6 vie for vacancy on Geneva Library board

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 10:56 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 2:47 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Six people filed applications to be considered for a vacancy on the Geneva Library Board, officials said.

The names of the six were released after the Kane County Chronicle filed a Freedom of Information Act request. 

The library would only release the names and no other information.

The six are Jennifer Bruggeman, Robert McQuillan, Ellen Fultz Schmid, Zachary Ploppert, Charles O. Ellenbaum and William Broderick.

A founder of Geneva TaxFACTS, McQuillan said he would like to serve.

"I am somebody who will always has the community's interest at heart," McQuillan said.

McQuillan lost a bid for mayor to the incumbent Mayor Kevin Burns in 2013. He also previously lost a bid to serve on the Geneva 304 school board and a primary to State Rep. Kay Hatcher R-Yorkville.

Ploppert, an elementary school teacher in Batavia, said he wants to serve because a strong library is vital to the community.

"It's something that needs to be strong," Ploppert said. "Literacy – not just traditional reading and writing – but in technology and how the library helps with e-readers and classes ... to the citizens of the district."

Ploppert said the library has come to a crossroads when its downtown location may not be able to meet all the district's needs.

"I have really become passionate about the library as an educator," Ploppert said. "It's a tremendous resource, a community center, not a place to just check out books."

Ploppert lost two bids to be elected as an alderman in the 1st Ward and currently was appointed to the Geneva Historic Preservation Commission.

Bruggeman is the human resources and risk manager for the Batavia Park District.

"As I am a public servant in my profession, serving on the library board is a great way to share my skills and my expertise with my community," Bruggeman said. "I have always been an avid reader. I'm in a book club for busy moms who love to read. My family loves to walk downtown and visit the library on weekends."

Ellenbaum said he would like to be considered for the vacancy because he loves libraries and has experience as a  library trustee in in the 1990s in another district.

"The choices the library is facing, whether to move or not ... I was a trustee in Glen Ellyn. I evaluated the building, the plans for a new building," Ellenbaum said. "I also worked with a consultant that did a village-wide survey."

Ellenbaum said he is a retired professor of anthropology from College of DuPage.

Schmid is a past employee of the Geneva Library from 2001 until March of this year, when she left to work as a law librarian at the Kane County Law Library.

"I love our library," Schmid said. "It is truly one of the reasons we moved from Arizona to this community …. I enjoyed working there the last 13 years and if I can serve in a volunteer effort, I am very wanting to do so."

Broderick did not return a voicemail message seeking comment.

The vacancy was created when board member Steve Andersson resigned last month to pursue his campaign for State Representative in the Nov. 4 general election.

Andersson won the Republican primary March 18 and does not face opposition in the general election.

The board scheduled a closed session for Monday, Aug. 11 top meet with the candidates. A time for the meeting has not yet been scheduled.

Andersson's replacement would serve until a two-year seat becomes open in the April 2015 election, officials said.

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