Challenger Schultz withdrawing from Naperville Township road district race
Naperville Township Highway Commissioner candidate Carl Schultz says he is withdrawing from the Feb. 28 primary race because his goal of creating a more efficient road district looks like it's on the way to being accomplished.
Schultz, of Aurora, had filed to oppose longtime Highway Commissioner Stan Wojtasiak in a Republican primary that could help decide who will manage the road district of roughly 16 miles of unincorporated streets for the next four years.
Schultz said he supported a proposed agreement under which the city of Naperville would take over maintenance of those roads in a deal the city has estimated would save $800,000 a year. Wojtasiak consistently has opposed the deal, saying the proposed savings are overblown and would come with a cut in the frequency of some services.
Schultz said he wanted to win the highway commissioner's position from Wojtasiak so he could pursue conversations with the city about implementing the agreement and saving money. But when he got word after the Nov. 8 election of a different consolidation effort that moved forward Thursday, he said "it seemed like all the things I was trying to accomplish would be accomplished."
A petition filed Thursday in DuPage County court could put a binding referendum question on the April 4 ballot that would consolidate the Naperville Township and Lisle Township road districts into one unit of government. The question first must go through a Jan. 9 hearing and be certified by a Jan. 26 deadline, but Schultz said he's optimistic a solution has been found.
"I think it'll be a very positive thing for Naperville Township and Lisle Township to consolidate and reduce taxes and become a very efficient situation," he said.
Schultz also has been appointed to a temporary seat as a Naperville Township trustee. He assumed the role Tuesday, filling the unexpired term of former Trustee Janice Anderson, who recently was elected and sworn in as a DuPage County Board member for District 5.