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Mike Bruno Will Run for 1st Ward, Too

The more, the merrier. Now there are at least four who have shown an interest in replacing Sam Hill as Geneva's 1st Ward alderman.

Democracy is alive and well in Geneva, at least if the number of aldermanic candidates is any measure.

Historic Preservation Commission member said Tuesday that he's going to run for the 1st Ward spot that Sam Hill has held for the past 12 years.

Hill announced at Monday night's City Council Committee of the Whole meeting that he would not run in the April 9 election. That footnote followed a spirited discussion about whether to allow

The COW straw poll was 8-2 to amend the city ordinance that makes that restriction, and owner Mike Olesen said he was ready and willing to run.

already had formally announced his candidacy for the 1st Ward at a press conference in June. Former Alderman in late June that he was planning to run, as well.

Now comes Bruno, who has been an active and vocal proponent of historic preservation on issues such as the proposed demolition of the , the . Bruno said Tuesday that the word already had gotten out about his candidacy for the 1st Ward post—a candidacy he plans to formally announce on Aug. 17. Bruno is an employee of 1st Layers Consulting and has been a regular blogger on Geneva Patch.

Steven Andersson August 01, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Mike Bruno will be an excellent choice for Alderman. He has been a steadfast promoter of all things Geneva and adding his reasoned voice to the City Council will enhance our community. Way to go Mike!
Carolyn Jerdee August 01, 2012 at 11:44 PM
You're such an asset to our community Mike, thank you for all of your past service and best of luck in the election! You'd be a great alderman!
Mitotero August 02, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Mike Bruno would be an excellent choice for alderman, and would not require amending an ordinance in order to run. The COW straw poll reeked of insider cronyism, and I agree with the Mayor's comments in the newspaper. The Mayor stated that it is not appropriate for the COW to be endorsing a candidate, which is implied by their effort to amend the ordinance. I am pleased that the alderman post will have several qualified candidates, and the insider candidate will not be guaranteed an easy path to election victory.
John R August 02, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Looks like a good field of candidates. Best of luck to Mr. Hill I only met him once or twice but he seemed very dedicated and committed to our community. Seems like he always showed up and had plenty of questions and comments at the meetings. John
Bill Barrett August 02, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I have know Mike for 20 years and I can not think of a better person to represent us in the First Ward.
Anne Fleming August 03, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Thanks to Sam Hill for all of his years of service to our community. Big shoes to fill but I'm thrilled to see Mike Bruno throw his hat in the ring! Mike's thoughtful, pragmatic work on the Historic Commission along with his deep love of all things "Geneva" will make him a great rep for the first ward.

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