The number of Naperville mayoral candidates has doubled in number, with the addition of Naperville councilman Benny White bringing the total of candidates to two. White joins Scott Wehrli, business executive, as the only two in the race. With 177 days remaining before the election (April 4), there is plenty of time for numerous others to join the fray.
White was elected to the Naperville city council in 2017. Prior to joining the council, White served on the Indian Prairie District School Board from 2012 – 2017. White said he has been thinking about entering the race for mayor for quite some time, though Mayor Steve Chirico just recently announced in July that he would not seek a third and final term.
White said, he “wanted to make sure it was the right fit for the community, and more importantly the right fit for my family”.
White has taken a safe leadership role on ‘diversity, inclusion, and equity’ topics. It’s important to remember that ‘equity’ is not the same as equality
During White’s 5+ years on the council, he has taken a ‘play-it-safe’ position on most issues which is effective for a council member, however being the mayor requires making the hard decisions; doing what’s needed rather than what’s wanted. It’s not always the most popular position to take.