Gail Borden Board Candidates Share Passion for Libraries

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Five candidates are seeking four, 4-year seats on the Gail Borden Library board. They are incumbents Jean Bednar, Lisa M. Knight and Richard C. McCarthy and challengers JoAnn Armenta and Randolph Hopp. Hopp declined to answer a Daily Herald questionnaire on the library district's main issues. Here are the other candidates' responses:

Q. Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is that? What will be your main priority in office?

JoAnn Armenta. I am a life-long lover of libraries. When I was a little girl, living in a dangerous neighborhood in Chicago, I used to walk to the library and read magazines, page through books, spin the globe and point to exotic places, and feel that I could travel anywhere or be anyone - and I felt safe. When I moved to Elgin in 1979, the very first thing I did was go to the public library, get my library card, and use the library resources to find my way around town. One of my very first friends in Elgin was one of the librarians. I have supported every referendum to expand and enhance the library. I have been supportive of the new branch to the west of town and I will work diligently to help fill the new branch and the main libraries with books, people, and fun programs.

Jean Bednar. …