Mayor, Trustees to Seek Re-election
All four are running on the Romeoville United Party slate, along with village Clerk Bernice Holloway, who is seeking her first four-year term.
Romeoville Mayor John Noak will be seeking another term, as will three incumbent board members who will join him on the Romeoville United Party slate.
Those trustees are Joe Chavez, Brian Clancy and David Richards.
Also part of the slate is Bernice Holloway, who was appointed in November 2010 to succeed her late husband as village clerk and was elected to a two-year term in 2011. This is her first bid for a four-year term.
Noak is the village's first full-time mayor, having been appointed to the job in February 2008 and elected in April 2009. He previously served as a village trustee, first elected in May 2005.
The slate announced their re-election campaigns in a joint news release issued Thursday. They cite as their accomplishments:
- A property tax rebate for homeowners two years in a row.
- Introduction of a new electricity provider for residents, offering a 42 percent savings - or about $300 per year - in electricity costs for the average household.
- Creation of an economic environment that has resulted in more than 2,500 new jobs added in the last two years; 2 million square feet of new business space in 2011 alone; and 2 million square feet of industrial real estate built in the last four years.
- Implemention of a new downtown redevelopment plan that will include new retail and recreational opportunities for village residents.
- Continued progress in revitalizing the Route 53 corridor, including appearance improvements, partnerships with White Oak Library and R.C. Hill School, and a soon-to-be added park for the area.
- Commitment to transportation infrastructure, which has led to a new Metra station on 135th Street, scheduled to start construction in 2013; improvements to the Interstate 55/Weber Road interchange; widening of Weber Road from Renwick Road to Airport Road; and progress on the Airport Road/IL-26 interchange project.
Thus far, Steve "Mongo" McMichael, a former player for the Chicago Bears and owner of Mongo McMichael's restaurant/bar in Romeoville, is the only announced candidate for mayor.
The election is April 9. In addition to the village mayor/president seat, there are three four-year trustee positions and the four-year clerk job open.