ELBURN – This year’s consolidated election April 4 will be a busy one for Elburn.
The terms of Elburn trustees Ken Anderson, Pat Schuberg and Jeff Walter will expire this year. Anderson and Schuberg have filed petitions to run again. Two additional candidates, Michael Rullman and Matthew Wilson, also will be running.
Walter is running for Elburn village president.
The Elburn Herald sat down with the candidates to find out who they are and what issues they would focus on, if elected.
Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name:
Kenneth Anderson Jr.
Anderson is 53; has lived in Elburn since 1987; is married with three daughters.
Education: Bachelors of science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Wis.
Job: Director, Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources.
Civic involvement: Elburn trustee for eight years; active in Christ Community Church in St. Charles; involved in Hesed House.
Key issue(s): Balancing the budget is critical to Anderson. “We have to be very resourceful with our money since we don’t know what is going on with the state of Illinois’ budget,” he said.
His bigger goal is updating the downtown plan from the 1990s. “I hope we can get this out and dust it off and update it with a new vision,” he said. He’d like to talk to current businesses and see what they’d like to see happen in town and help welcome new businesses to the downtown Elburn area.
Why is he the best candidate for the job? “I have been on the board for eight years and have an understanding of the village and its needs,” he said. He also has 28 years working for Kane County and brings the “workers’ side” to the table. “No matter what, I will always do what’s best for the businesses and residents of Elburn,” he said.
Rullman is 48; has lived in Elburn for 17 years and is single.
Education: Some college.
Job: He is retired from IBM and now works small jobs on the side to keep up with technology and to keep busy.
Civic involvement: He does a lot of volunteer work to help people in need.
Key issue(s): Rullman hopes to help run the government as official as possible without increasing costs to residents. “There is not a lot of fat in the budget, but we need to make sure the basics are covered, such as fire, police, etc.,” he said. He wants to focus on the long-term projects in the village, such as the Elburn Station, to help get more businesses in town. “More businesses in town will bring more money into the city,” he said.
Why is he the best candidate for the job? “I may not be the best candidate, but I am a candidate that will listen well; I’m easy to talk to and accessible,” he said. “I believe the Elburn trustees should be active and representative to the needs of the Elburn community.”
Patricia (Pat) Schuberg
Schuberg is 57; has lived in Elburn for 26 years; is married with two grown sons.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from Bethel University and a master’s in business administration from Aurora University.
Job: She works full time as a publisher sales representative.
Civic involvement: She has been an Elburn trustee since 2014; has been the planning commissioner since 1997; and was the planning commissioner chairperson from 2003-09.
Key issue(s): Schuberg is most excited about helping to fix the aging water and sewer lines, which impact the roads. “This is something that brings health and viability to people’s homes,” she said. She feels putting together a plan for determining which lines are the oldest and fixing those first so residents are no longer getting flooded basements and roads are important to the entire infrastructure of Elburn.
In addition, Schuberg feels there is always an additional need to grow new business in Elburn. “As more residents come, more businesses will come. We need to continue to develop and encourage businesses to come here,” she said. Elburn Station will begin soon and it will bring more residents. Schuberg is confident the village can work with the developer to bring the correct recreational tools for its residents.
Why is she the best candidate for the job? Schuberg has been a resident of Elburn for 26 years; has volunteered often; and has a strong business background. “I want to continue to make Elburn friendly, hear resident concerns and keep the residents involved and keep Elburn growing,” she said. “As trustee, I want to continue to keep it the terrific place it is.”
Wilson is 37; has lived in Elburn for three years; is married with a son and daughter.
Education: Associate’s degree in economics; currently working on a bachelor’s degree in public administration.
Job: Division manager for Water Department with the city of St. Charles
Civic involvement: Two years ago, he was on the Elburn Zoning Board of Appeals.
Key issue(s): His biggest prioritization will be infrastructure in the downtown area. “I’m not sure how it will work within the budget, but bringing beautification and fixing the problem areas within the downtown will be my top priority,” Wilson said. He feels filling the vacant spaces and improving the downtown area will help bring new businesses and more money to the town.
Why is he the best candidate for the job? “I will hear the opinions of the residents and have it be the best it can be for everyone 10 to 15 years from now,” Wilson said. “I will bring my experience from the public and private sector to everyone living in Elburn and everyone who doesn’t know they want to live here yet. I will be their voice and take Elburn to where everyone wants it to be.”
To view candidate questionnaires and news stories pertaining to the April 4 consolidated election, visit www.kcchronicle.com/election/2017.