McHenry likely headed for three-way mayor race

McHENRY – April’s mayoral election looks to be contested for the first time in more than a decade.

Steven Cuda and Jack Reilly recently picked up forms to collect signatures for mayoral campaigns. Mayor Sue Low also has picked up petitions for the April 9 election.

Low has been mayor since she was appointed in 2003 by her predecessor, Pam Althoff, now a state senator.

Cuda, an attorney in Woodstock, served two terms as McHenry mayor, from 1993 through 2001.

At the time, Cuda told voters he would serve only two consecutive terms and planned to spend more time with his wife and three children. Before he was elected mayor, Cuda was board president for School District 156.

“My kids were just getting into high school at the time, and I wanted to spend more time with my family,” Cuda said. “But now all kids are done with school, out of the house, and I’m ready to get back into the political fray.”

Reilly is just as ready to join the fray. He’s served for five years with the McHenry Police Department’s volunteer Citizens Police program.

Last year, he was its president.

He’s also been active in the city’s Adopt-A-Street program.

“In the 15 years that I have resided in McHenry, I have been looking and studying the problems in the city,” Reilly said. “I have had many encounters with the city of McHenry administration. I strongly believe with the help of all citizens who truly care about McHenry, we can accomplish any challenge.”

Voters in April also will elect aldermen in three wards.

Incumbents Victor Santi, Jeffrey Schaefer and Richard Wimmer recently picked up petitions for re-election campaigns. None had an opponent as of Wednesday.

Wimmer, in Ward 5, has been on the council since 2001. Santi, in Ward 1, and Schaefer, Ward 3, were first elected in April 2005.

Petition filing takes place at City Hall, 333 Green St., from Dec. 17 through Dec. 21, and Dec. 24.

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