McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett has come out in support of four City Council hopefuls.
Seats in the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 7th wards are up for re-election in April, and prospective candidates now can begin circulating petitions. The seats currently are filled by 2nd Ward Alderman Andrew Glab, 4th Ward Alderman Scott Curry, 6th Ward Alderman Patrick Devine and 7th Ward Alderwoman Geri Condon.
Glab has represented the 2nd Ward for more than two decades, Curry was elected to his seat in 2015, and Devine was appointed to the seat in March 2017 after Robert Peterson’s resignation.
Condon has been on the board since 2003.
Condon previously said she does not plan to run for re-election, and Curry said Friday that he also does not hope to return.
Devine and Glab were not available for comment Friday.
But Jett said he would like to see some changes.
“McHenry has so much potential that is right in front of us for the taking,” he said. “I strongly believe that McHenry needs the right elected officials in place that can provide visionary leadership while establishing a level of cooperation and trust with each other, and with our amazing professional staff, to make things happen as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.”
Jett said he “personally reached out” to three people about running to fill the seats in the 2nd, 4th and 7th wards, and he supports Devine’s re-election bid. The candidates all have picked up petition packets for the race, he said.
“With more than a year of experience under my belt as mayor, I have a whole new perspective of what is required to be an effective elected official,” he said. “I have personally spoken with each of these individuals about their vision for McHenry and believe, without a doubt, that they are the right people to serve the best interests of McHenry’s residents and businesses.”
Jett said he will endorse Planning and Zoning Commission member James Walsh to fill the 2nd Ward seat, local business owner and Economic Development Commission Chairwoman Bobbi Baehne in the 4th Ward and longtime McHenry resident and real estate agent Sue Miller in the 7th Ward.
Ward maps are available on the city’s website.
Residents only can vote for representatives in their ward.