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Campton Hills Trustee Blecker to run for village president

Harry Blecker
Harry Blecker

CAMPTON HILLS – A Campton Hills trustee in his first term said Monday that he has filed to run for village president in the April 7 consolidated election.

Although documents aren’t due until Dec. 22, Harry Blecker on Monday afternoon turned in his paperwork to seek the president’s seat, interim Village Clerk John Strauss confirmed on Tuesday.

Blecker, whose current term ends in 2017, said he is running to bring to village back to its original goal of being a semi-rural community with low-impact development, and to stop the internal strife he said is present between village officials.

“We couldn’t go another four years the way we are going now,” Blecker said Monday.

Village President Patsy Smith on Tuesday declined to address Blecker’s comments about the current situation with village officials. The filing period for the spring election begins on Dec. 15, according to a Sept. 25 memo from Strauss posted on the village’s website.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate to address [Blecker’s comments] until he’s actually a candidate,” Smith said Tuesday. “The filing period hasn’t even started.”

Along with village president, the village clerk and three trustee seats are up for re-election in the spring. Trustees Laura Andersen and Sue George filed paperwork to run as trustees again, as did resident Michael O’Dwyer, Strauss confirmed.

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