Preview of Georgetown city election

Preview of Georgetown city election

GEORGETOWN — Twelve candidates are seeking six seats in the Georgetown municipal election — one council seat in each of the city's four wards, as well as the clerk and mayoral seats.

Mayor Dennis Lucas is seeking re-election against write-in challenger and current Ward 3 Alderwoman Kay Sanders. Recent appointee Jeri Nale is seeking to retain her position as city clerk against challenger Tracy Isaacson.

Incumbent Gerald McPhillips is unopposed for the Ward 1 seat. Incumbent Tom Seilhymer is running against challenger and former alderman Carl Lee Johnson for the Ward 2 seat. Incumbent Wilma Wilming is running against challenger and former alderman Keith Walker for the Ward 3 seat. Matt Goodrum is not seeking re-election to his Ward 4 seat, but three others are — former alderman Kim Shrout and newcomers Robert "Mitch" Weaver and Tim Waterman.

The Georgetown City Council has a number of large projects before it, particularly the planned sewer-separation project, the upgrading of the wastewater-treatment plant, and the selling of the former library building.

Here are the candidates

Mayor

Dennis R. Lucas Sr.

Age: 63

Occupation : Retired truck driver for Bill Smith Auto Parts

Incumbent: Yes

Other political experience: Georgetown alderman 1992-1997, mayor pro-tem from 1995-1997, mayor from 2009 to present

What experience makes you a good candidate: I served for two years as Mayor Pro-Tem, and for four years as mayor. I am a member of the Vermilion County Mayors Council, and have been the chairman since 2011. I have been a member of Vermilion Advantage since 2011, and a member of the Danville Area Transportation Board since 2009. I also serve on the city's Police Committee.

What are the most important issues facing the city: I believe that the biggest issue with the city, and with the school district, is balancing our budgets even with the loss of state funding. Georgetown must continue to work to complete the major sewer project, and find ways to generate more revenue by bringing in more retail businesses.

Kay Sanders

Age: 72

Write-in candidate for mayor

Occupation: Retired

Incumbent: No

Other political experience: Georgetown City Alderperson, Ward 3

What experience makes you a good candidate: Serving as an Alderperson for Ward 3 has helped me to understand the need to watch spending and determining needs from wants. I also served on the planning commission prior to becoming an Alderperson, which has helped me to see what needs to be done in the community.

What issues do you see as the most important ones facing the municipality: The project for sewer separation and a new sewer treatment plant, which will both be very expensive. We need to find other money for the project, so the city does not have to borrow the entire cost of the project.

Georgetown city clerk

Jeri Nale

Age: 44

Incumbent: Yes, I was appointed Georgetown City Clerk in November, 2012

Other political experience: none

What experience makes you a good candidate: I have a degree in Administration, and more than 15 years of office / managerial experience.

What are the most important issues facing the city:

- Addressing crime within the community

- Vacant housing clean-up

- Promoting job creation

- Retail recruitment

- Incentives to attract and maintain residents in order for the city to thrive

Tracy Isaacson

Age: 45

Incumbent: no

Other political experience: none

What experience makes you a good candidate: I have an education and experience in administrative, accounting, management and customer service.

What are the most important issues facing the city: Having the residents' issues resolved in an efficient, knowledgeable and fair manner is the most important issue.

City council ward 2, vote for 1

Tom Seilhymer

Age: 66

Incumbent: Yes, I have been the Ward 2 Alderman for the past four years

Other political experience: none

What experience makes you a good candidate: My experience as alderman for four years and a life-long resident of Georgetown make me a good candidate. I am also familiar with the issues facing the city of Georgetown.

What issues do you see as the most important ones facing the municipality: Building revenue for the city and getting funding to help with city projects are the biggest issues.

Carl Lee Johnson

Age: 63

Occupation: Licensed Practical Nurse with a Bachelors Degree

Incumbent: No

Other previous political experience: Georgetown Alderman, Ward 2 for 14 years, served on Georgetown's Finance, Streets and Alleys, Water and Sewer, and Police committees, Love Township Tax assessor, Love-McKendree Townships Tax Assessor, Chairman of the Apprentice Committee for Millwrights, Electricians, and Pattern Makers at General Motors Foundry, Central Foundry Division, in Tilton

What are the most important issues facing the city: The most important issue is the rising taxes on the citizens of Georgetown. The rising cost of the water and sewer bills is also an issue, as are the costs of the sewer project. The closing of Ridge Farm Elementary School, and the possible loss of jobs to our valuable teachers and other staff are also concerns.

City council ward 3, vote for 1

Wilma Wilming

Occupation: Retired

Incumbent: Yes, I have been the Ward 3 Alderwoman for the past four years

Other political experience: none

What experience makes you a good candidate: I have served for four years on the city council. I have learned a lot and there is more to learn ! I have only missed one regular council meeting in four years.

What are the most important issues facing the city: The upgrading of the wastewater treatment plant is the most important issue.

Raymond "Keith" Walker

Age: 73

Occupation: Retired

Incumbent: No

Other political experience: Georgetown Alderman, Ward 3 from 1995-1997

What experience makes you a good candidate: I served as an alderman on the council from 1995 to 1997.

What issues do you see as the most important ones facing the municipality: School district funding and sewer infrastructure are the two most important issues.

City Council ward 4, vote for 1

Tim Waterman

Age: 36

Incumbent: no

Other political experience: none

What experience makes you a good candidate: I have been a volunteer firefighter with the Georgetown Fire Department since 2000. I have been a storm spotter with Vermilion County's Emergency Management Agency since 2000. I work well with the community.

What are the most important issues facing the city: The best thing would be to work to clean up the community, and to make it safer.

Robert "Mitch" Weaver

Age: 47

Occupation: Union laborer with MACC of Illinois / O'Neil Trucking

Incumbent: No

Other political experience: None

What experience makes you a good candidate: I am a dedicated family man, who strives to better all areas and aspects of our city. I am a good listener, multi-tasker, and mediator. I have many accomplishments and improvements under my belt in every organization with which I have been affiliated.

What are the most important issues facing the city: First, the Huffman Street sewer project. Second, working closely with law enforcement. Third, strengthening the neighborhood watch program. Fourth, protecting and giving our children something to do and somewhere to do it. And by no means does this mean this is the end of my list.

Kim Shrout

Age: 54

Occupation: Forklift Operator at Lebanon Seaboard

Incumbent: No

Other political experience: I served on the Georgetown City Council for 11 years. I was the chairman of the Water/Sewer Committee, and served on the Personnel, Buildings & Grounds, and the Police Committees. I have also served for four years on the City of Georgetown Planning Commission, as Secretary. I currently hold the position of Chairman of the Senior Board for the Georgetown Senior Center.

What experience makes you a good candidate: I served successfully on the city council with two mayors and many city council members. I have a good working relationship with the city engineers. I am one of the original members of the Sponsor A Flag Committee, which was responsible for the flags along Route 1 and the building of Patriot Park.

What are the most important issues facing the city: The stormwater drainage on the northwest side of Georgetown and the combined sewer separation projects which are being addressed through the Whittier St. separation project and the building of a new headworks building and reconstruction of the sewer plant are both very important issues.

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