Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson and three veteran village trustees announced Tuesday that they will be running for re-election as independents in the April 9 municipal election.
Board members running for re-election are Pat Feichter, 67, and Chris Prochno, 60, both of whom have served four terms as trustee, and Jeffrey Franke, 56, who has served six years on the board.
“We do not run as a slate but we are supportive of each other,” said Johnson, 52, who will be running for his fifth term as mayor. “I had no gray hair when I started,” Johnson added jokingly.
Johnson said the board has worked well together over the years, even if members didn’t always agree.
“When a decision is made, we unite behind it and we move forward together,” he said. “We avoid dysfunction.”
Johnson touted the village’s accomplishments, including its AAA bond rating and having the lowest property tax rates among area suburbs.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do from the Busse Dam (modification project) to flood mitigation in the industrial park,” he said.
Candidates are not allowed to circulate petitions until Sept. 25, and the first day of filing candidate petitions doesn’t start until Dec. 17.
It is unclear whether there will be any other contenders for the mayoral or trustee seats.
Johnson ran uncontested for mayor in 2009, and beat challenger Roger Bianco by a 3-1 margin in 2005.
Irrespective of whether there is competition, all four candidates said they plan to run a campaign.
“I still put up signs, send out pieces,” Johnson said.Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.