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Barclay Considering Run for Mayor or 2nd Ward

Former 2nd Ward Alderman William Barclay says he is considering a run for either the Geneva mayoral position or the 2nd Ward aldermanic seat.

Former 2nd Ward Alderman Bill Barclay said Wednesday that concerns about city spending and a desire to return to public service are two reasons he's considering a run for mayor or a return to the City Council.

"There are ways that we can reasonably trim spending, but we're not looking," he said in a telephone interview. "At this time, with the economy where it is, we all need to tighten our belts."

Barclay said he's also concerned about the conversation at City Council meetings, which he said needs more focus on important issues.

"We argue about $5,000 for park benches, but we ignore the big things," he said. "The city spent $500,000 on a new computer system for its efficiencies, and then won't talk about eliminating positions."

Barclay said he has not made an announcement at this time simply because the April 2013 election is still almost six months away and he's been so busy with personal and business affairs. He had throat surgery last week, and he's in the process of renegotiating a lease agreement. "I've just had a lot on my plate," he said.

Barclay is a Farmer's Insurance agent by trade. He served on the Geneva Library Board from 1993 to 2001 and as 2nd Ward alderman from 2001 to 2009.

He said running for mayor is "something I thought about since my first term. As mayor, I just felt I could help out in ways that I could not as alderman."

Barclay said he enjoys public service and "had a lot of fun" representing constituents during his terms as board member, but he also is considering a run at public office because believes the City Council is too often rubber-stamping staff recommendations without questioning the cost to taxpayers.

"If you're given a big allowance as a kid, you're going to spend it," he said. "And once it's spent, you're going to ask for more."

Terry Flanagan September 27, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Whether or not you agree that anyone will get upset if they are pushed far enough, the city council dais is no place for outbursts. It is not a platform for launching an assault on your personal or political enemies. It is not a place for engagiing in mind games. It is not a place for encouraging divisive behavior. It is not a place for feeding one's ego. It is a place where city business should be discussed calmly and rationally and where differences of opinion should be welcome and tolerated as people of good faith attempt to resolve the problems facing Geneva as best they can..
Elaine Lane September 27, 2012 at 07:34 PM
You wouldn't get my vote, Mr. Barclay. You're too unprofessional in your "career."
Elaine Lane September 27, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Amen! Kevin's got some skeletons in his closet, too, BTW.
Larry Butters September 27, 2012 at 08:08 PM
In my opinion Barclay and Burns are both screwballs and lack character. Those who know what I am talking about would probably agree. Granted, this is small time politics we are talking, but if I question someone's character (or lack thereof) then I don't trust them to not help themselves when they are supposed to help the city.
Jeff Ward September 27, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Terry, I absolutely agree, but the folks who need to speak up are the aldermen. They're the ones who let the mayor get away with the kind of behavior you just described. Jeff

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