Traffic map
Article posted: 3/4/2013 4:30 PM

Endorsement: Darch for Barrington village president

  • Article
text size: AAA
Advertisement

At one time, it looked like Karen Darch would run uncontested for a third term as Barrington village president. But then objections to nominating petitions knocked a slate of trustee candidates including Michael Kozel off the ballot for village board. Kozel decided to run as a write-in candidate, but for village president instead of trustee. That he's enlivened the race there is no doubt. The small business owner is energetic and opinionated and bubbles over with ideas to improve the central business district. Frankly, he would have been an interesting and provocative trustee candidate. But he fails to make the case for removing Darch, who gives of herself to near exhaustion on behalf of the village of Barrington. Does Barrington have some challenges when it comes to re-energizing the vibrancy of the downtown? Certainly, but so does virtually every other suburb making its way through what has been a tough business climate. The village has had some successes in economic development under Darch's leadership. While Kozel has some thoughts worthy of consideration, Barrington's primary obstacle has been a slow economy, not a faulty plan.

Darch, meanwhile, is an articulate representative of the community. Beyond that, she's an intelligent leader who isn't afraid to make the tough calls and is sensitive to the public's needs and interests. We haven't agreed with Darch on every issue, but we've never doubted her good sense and unwavering commitment to Barrington and endorse her re-election.

Comments ()
We are now using Facebook comments to offer a more inclusive, social and constructive discussion. Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
Latest Video

MostViewed

Today
Yesterday
Most Commented
Top Jobs

    View all Top Jobs Place a job ad

    MarketsReport

    DHExtras

       
    • Newspaper next section - Newspaper next section Report card checker - report card checker
    • Dh innovation award 2 - Dh innovation award 2 Zillow /real estate page
    • Discuss refer On Guard series
    • Newspaper archives -- Monday or anyday Mike North

    FacebookActivity

    BusinessDirectory

    Connect with a business or service in your area fast. First select a town, then enter a search term or choose one of the listed popular searches:

    Don't see your town listed? Visit our full directory to begin your search.