Batavia Candidate Says He's Learned from His 'Mistakes'

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Byline: Susan Sarkauskas

The write-in candidate for Batavia 7th Ward alderman says he has learned from "past mistakes" that have led to lawsuits and a few misdemeanor criminal matters.

Steve Holland, 40, filed last week to run as a write-in for the seat being left by Alderman Dawn Tenuta. No one officially filed for the post.

"I'm just trying to help out the situation," Holland said of his decision to run for an office without any candidates.

"Yes, I've had a past, and I've made some mistakes," he said. "I've learned from every one of them."

Holland touted his business experience. He said he works for Wintrust bank, has previously done loss mitigation for companies and worked on turning around troubled firms. He is also the founder of Free Green Can LLC, a company that places receptacles for recyclables in public places. It offers the cans for free, making its money from advertising placed on them.

But an Internet search of his name brought forth some things typically not found on a candidate's resume.

Holland's LinkedIn profile indicates he is a mortgage originator for Wintrust.

Before that, however, Holland owned New Millennium mortgage company, which filed for Chapter 7 (liquidation) bankruptcy in 2008.

In 2008 when the housing crisis hit, the bank that held the line of credit that he used for granting mortgages cut off credit, he said. "We did new construction lending. …