CARY – A trustee who was elected to the Village Board in April 2011 has thrown his name into the race for the village’s top elected position.
Bruce Kaplan announced he is running for village president and has begun collecting signatures for his election petition.
Kaplan, along with Trustees Bob Bragg, Karen Lukasik and Jeff Kraus, unseated four incumbents in the April 2011 election.
Kaplan, Bragg and Lukasik ran on a platform of more transparency within the village.
After their election, the Village Board fired Village Administrator Cameron Davis in what village officials said was a mutual decision.
Kaplan, who is a commercial real estate broker, said he has consistently challenged the status quo and historical operational practices within the village.
“We started a movement to give our town back to the people,” Kaplan said. “I hope to be able to further that end by assuming the lead chair on the board. The mayor’s role is to set the tone for progress through sensible, respectful dealings with staff, residents and businesses by exhibiting an inclusive leadership style that fosters win-win solutions for all parties.”
Kaplan’s term as a trustee does not end until 2015.
“I see good things ahead for Cary, and I hope to be able to use my training and experience to help the lagging commercial growth in our town,” Kaplan said. “I’ll be the first to admit I don’t have all the answers to the problems that face our municipal government, but I enjoy the challenge of finding solutions collaboratively with the residents, the staff and fellow elected officials.”
Current Village President Tom Kierna said he wasn’t surprised Kaplan has decided to run.
Kierna said he plans to run for re-election but has yet to pick up his petitions. He was out of town last week.
Kierna said he and Kaplan have a good working relationship on the board, and that Kaplan, who also writes a monthly column for Northwest Herald’s business section, is entitled to run.
“I don’t think anything will change,” Kierna said. “We’ll go forward as business as usual.”