Village Presidents Await Challengers for Spring Elections
McLaughlin, Amy, Del Re, Sandra, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Amy McLaughlin and Sandra Del Re Daily Herald Staff Writers
The political landscape in the Palatine and Barrington areas could have a familiar look after the spring election.
Two incumbent women, with years of political experience, say they want to continue guiding Palatine and Inverness.
Palatine Village President Rita L. Mullins and Inverness Village President Donna L. Thomas are among the sitting mayors who will run for re-election April 1.
"(Being mayor) is volunteer work but it makes Palatine - the place I live - better for my children and grandchildren," said Mullins, who will focus her platform on constructing a new train station, seeing condominiums developed downtown and creating a peer jury.
Both Mullins and Thomas, who is dealing with the issue of building the village's first police station, were elected in 1989. So far, no one has stepped up to say they are challenging the women.
Meanwhile, North Barrington Village President George Larrain says he will run again, amid lots of debate about a proposed upscale mall in town. He has been president since Walter Clarke died in 1995.
And Barrington Village President Ronald M. Hamelberg has announced his bid for re-election after nearly four years as the top elected official in the village.
"Four years is not enough time to fully accomplish the goals I submitted to the people of Barrington when elected," said Hamelberg, citing development of a new village hall as one important issue.
Another issue is the redevelopment of the Village Center, he said.
Other Barrington-area mayors still are pondering whether they will try to reclaim their seats.
South Barrington Village President Warren R. Fuller has not announced his plans but may make a public statement in January. He has served since 1981. A big issue there is development of the Klehm property, where a proposal is now in the works for nearly 1,000 houses and villas, as well as a hotel and 18-hole golf course. There is also a plan for a 30-screen movie theater complex in South Barrington. …