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One more for LITH president: Planning commissioner puts in bid

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A planning and zoning commissioner plans to throw his name into the race for village president.

William Dustin, who has lived in the village for 14 years, hopes to succeed Ed Plaza, who announced in a village newsletter that he will not run for a fourth term.

Dustin, 66, runs an advertising specialty and retail Internet business, is a broker for Baird & Warner Real Estate, and owns two greeting card businesses.

He has been a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission since 2011.

Trustee Paul Mulcahy has said he, too, plans to run for village president in the April election. The retired U.S. Postal Service worker’s term as trustee expires in April 2015.

Petitions to run for a village office must be filed between Dec. 17 and Dec. 24 at Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate.

Dustin wrote in a campaign flier that his goals are to increase economic growth and commercial involvement, increase commercial revenue to the village, and see community involvement and participation maximized in the parks, community activities and government.

Dustin is touting his experience in business management and on corporate boards as reasons why he should be elected. “I have managerial experience,” he said. “I practice business management every day.”

Dustin said the village needs more efforts to bring in businesses and fill empty spaces.

“As far as I’m concerned, the village should be doing something in getting new business to come to the village,” Dustin said.

He said there should be an effort to attract businesses to Algonquin and Lakewood roads, especially because Centegra Health System plans to build a new hospital in that area in neighboring Huntley.

When people visit a hospital, they may try to stop by a restaurant or go to a store to pick up something around the same time, Dustin said.

Dustin ran for trustee in 2011, but finished fifth.

He and his wife, Dot, have six grown children and five grandchildren.

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