It happens in business, sports, government, everywhere, all the time. A vacancy occurs and there is a list of candidates wanting to fill the vacancy, which when filled, then creates another vacancy and the process continues.
Naperville city council member Darlene Senger left the council to run for state representative. Naperville councilman Grant Wehrli also left the city council to run unopposed for state representative. Councilman Bob Fieseler left the city council to run (unsuccessfully) for a school board position.
Recently Naperville councilwoman Becky Anderson announced she is running in the 2018 Democratic primary for U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam’s 6th District seat, and now Naperville councilwoman Patty Gustin announced she is running in the 2018 Republican primary for a DuPage County Board District 5 seat.
There is a lot of running going on with more to follow. Mailboxes will be full of campaign materials, robocalls will be plentiful, flyers on doors, doorbells ringing with campaign workers, all sorts of excitement and festivities will be occurring, with everyone telling us why they are the best person to represent us.
Some candidates run with a head start, via name recognition; Anderson’s Book Store, Wehrli (Road, and Stadium). Other candidates (Gustin) run through association with groups; Zoning Board of Appeals, Naperville Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Advisory Board. Whether or not they accomplish anything with those groups depends upon who you talk to. The candidate would say ‘yes’, others may say ‘who?’. In many cases being associated with a group is nothing more than socially acceptable non-productive participation.
Is there anyone on the Naperville city council who can truly say he or she has accomplished something, anything after being elected? There is at least one person and we’ll look at that person’s accomplishments in this weekend’s posting.
The questions become is this person interested in running for a higher office, and if so what are the chances of victory.