Candidate petitions due soon

By on January 9, 2009

Mix of incumbents, newcomers announce they will run in Elburn

by Martha Quetsch

Several Elburn Village Board seats will be up for election on April 7, including those held by the village president and three trustees.

On Monday, Ken Anderson said he will run for trustee. An Elburn Planning Commissioner, he wants to be on the Village Board to help ensure that Elburn preserves its wetlands, open space and groundwater as the population grows, he said.

Anderson is project manager for the Kane County Department of Environmental Management.

Incumbent trustees Jeff Humm and Tom Burgholzer said Tuesday that they will seek re-election to the Village Board.

A trustee for six years, Humm was appointed to fill a board vacancy in 2003 and elected to a full four-year term in 2005.

Humm said he can assist with village public works issues including wastewater management and water supply.

“That’s my background and I want to continue to help,” said Humm, an engineering supervisor for Fox Metro Water Reclamation District.

He also wants to help ease the transition for a board that will have a new president and at least one new trustee.

“I think it will be helpful to have trustees with experience,” Humm said.

Burgholzer plans to run for a third consecutive term because he enjoys being on the board.

“To be invested in the growth of the village is just awesome,” said Burgholzer, who retired from a career in law enforcement before becoming a trustee.

The other trustee seat that is up for election has been held since 1996 by Craig Swan. Swan said Wednesday that he will not run for re-election this spring.

“I just decided it was time to let someone else step forward,” Swan said.

Prospective candidates have until Jan. 26 to file nominating petitions and papers. Humm said so far he has collected about one fourth of the 60 resident signatures he hopes to obtain his election petition.

Dave Anderson recently announced that he will run for village president. Three-term Village President Jim Willey is not seeking re-election.

Dave Anderson formerly owned The Grocery Store in Elburn. He will complete a four-year term as Blackberry Township Supervisor in April.

An election is held every two years for three of the six trustee positions on the Village Board.

The other Elburn trustee seats, currently held by Bill Grabarek, Patricia Romke and Gordon Dierschow, will be up for election in 2011.

Village clerk will accept nomination papers

Any Elburn residents interested in running for village board must file nominating petitions and papers by Monday, Jan. 26, with Village Clerk Diane McQuilkin at Village Hall, 301 E. North St.

McQuilkin will be available to accept nomination papers from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20; noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22; 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24; and 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26.

Nominating papers include a statement of candidacy, a nominating petition sheet and a receipt for filing of a statement of economic interests. A Candidates Guide and forms are available online at

For more info, call (630) 365-5060.