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posted: 5/10/2012 5:02 PM

Carpentersville trustee won't seek second term in office

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Carpentersville Trustee Brad McFeggan has announced he will not seek another term.

McFeggan, 31, is married with two young children and says trustee obligations from a second term would mean he'd miss out on precious family moments.

"I'm done," McFeggan said Wednesday.

His daughter Victoria, is 4, while his son, Bryce, is just a few months old. As it his now, his work on the board has had minimal impact on his family, he said.

But McFeggan doesn't want it to get to the point where trustee business would interfere with his daughter's future ballet recitals or his son's baseball games.

Besides that, McFeggan doesn't believe people should serve more than two terms in office.

"Personally, I think people get stuck in the position for so long, they start making decisions maybe not based on what's right for the residents or what's right for the village," he said.

McFeggan never had that problem, Village President Ed Ritter said, adding that although he asked McFeggan to run with him three years ago, McFeggan has been voting independently.

For example, Ritter was shocked when McFeggan voted against him earlier on the issue of an alternate tax levy that Trustee Paul Humpfer pushed.

"He really does look at both sides of issues and in a good way, he's unpredictable," Ritter said of McFeggan. "He doesn't have some set agenda, he really makes a decision based on the issue, rather than some preconceived idea," Ritter said.

At 31, McFeggan is the youngest trustee and Ritter appreciates the perspective he brought to the board.

"It gave a balance to some of us who are older and tend to be more set in our ways," Ritter said, adding that he hopes more young people get involved in local politics.

McFeggan, a Carpentersville native, intends to stay involved after he leaves the board next year. "I love this town," he said."And I'm probably never going to leave this town."

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