Kyles won't seek Champaign mayor seat, Kurtz still undecided

Kyles won't seek Champaign mayor seat, Kurtz still undecided

One of the rumored candidates for Champaign Mayor in next April's election said he won't be entering the race.

Champaign councilman Will Kyles made that revelation to the WDWS newsroom on Tuesday, the first day that candidates for the consolidated election could begin circulating petitions.

Kyles said he's not ruling out a run for mayor in the future.

Another rumored candidate for Champaign Mayor, Champaign County Board Chairman Al Kurtz, told the WDWS newsroom Tuesday that he's still considering a run at the seat.

Already announced candidates include the incumbent Don Gerard, councilmembers Karen Foster and Deborah Frank Feinen and Champaign Park District Board President Joe Petry.  If five candidates emerge, a primary would be held in February to narrow the field to four, according to the Champaign County Clerk.

Meanwhile, the three at-large Champaign City Council seats are also up for election in April.  Foster and Feinen hold two of those seats, while Tom Bruno holds the third.  Bruno told the WDWS newsroom Tuesday that he plans to run for re-election.

Elsewhere, none of the council seats in Urbana are up for election next year, nor is the mayor's position.

Candidates running for numerous other boards will also appear on the April ballot.  They include boards for school districts, community colleges, fire protection districts and park districts.

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