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Rogina Announces Run for St. Charles Mayor

Third Ward alderman makes bid for post two weeks after Mayor Donald DeWitte announces he will not seek a third term.

St. Charles 3rd Ward Alderman Raymond P. Rogina on Friday became the first person to publicly declare his candidacy for mayor in 2013, just two weeks after Donald DeWitte announced he would not seek a third term.

“I, Raymond P. Rogina, announce my candidacy for mayor of St. Charles,” Rogina wrote in a release issued Friday. “As in my candidacy for alderman, I view public service as a wonderful opportunity.

“It is an opportunity to improve our community with the help of colleagues, staff, and citizens,” he wrote. “I have a strong bond with the city of St. Charles.  It is where I have spent most of my life and career. Numerous residents of this great city have shared with me many positive experiences both professionally and personally.”

In his announcement, Rogina said the mayor is responsible for easing communication among residents, the City Council and the city staff. “In a city of diverse and unlimited needs and desires, the ultimate challenge is to build an overall consensus with limited resources,” he wrote. “This challenge must be accomplished under an umbrella of fiscal responsibility and stability. Our financial stewardship is a standard to emulate.”

Rogina said he thinks of St. Charles when he recalls Norman MacClean statement, “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”

“When I think of this passage, I think of St. Charles. I think of the many opportunities each ward presents,” Rogina wrote. “Amid the challenges accompanying each opportunity,  present and future, I look forward to working collectively with the people  of St. Charles and its stakeholders.

“As mayor, I will serve diligently in order to continue advancing the city’s mission — defined by the City’s 2014 strategic plan: ‘Preserve our heritage, foster opportunity, build community, and enhance the quality of life for all,’” he added. “It is my privilege to ask for your vote and support.”

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Pete Richards September 16, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Mr. Rogina may have been an excellent teacher but he is a terrible Alderman. Just like when he was a teacher, he decides what is best for his constituents instead of listening to what they have to say or what they want. If they confront him about an issue, he loses his temper and shows he has an anger management problem; I suppose that comes from being a teacher and not having one's pupils challenge one. Ask the residents of the Red Gate, St.Pat's, and Belgian Town areas how he did them. It is a good thing he is running for Mayor because he would only be a one term Alderman. I only hope that he doesn't screw the entire City like he did the residents of his Ward.
Vanessa Bell-LaSota September 17, 2012 at 03:58 AM
We can only ensure that our knowledge of the most crucial issues in this city will benefit St Charles.... with our vote. Recall last elections' pathetic 13% voter turnout. Do NOT let that happen again! Tell your neighbors to be sure to educate themselves on this candidate's community and aldermanic history-not only his connections and teacher history. Learn about ALL the candidates-not just your favorite, with blinders on. And, brace yourselves, as we approach critical mass with our city spending,lending and debt, in the next few years. We need a conservative with a heart for all the neighborhoods of our city, proof of their commitment to a clear platform and a track record of involvement in many aspects of our community, not just an appearance when they decided to run for a city office, or when offered a favor from a friend.
Nancy Fiebelkorn January 09, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Ray we miss Oak Crest and we miss you and Diane. St. Charles needs more people like you. Thank you for your service and e-mail updates. You will make a great mayor for St. Charles. Nancy & Maurice Fiebelkorn-French
Harry Cash March 30, 2013 at 07:05 PM
How do you know that he is a liberal spender?
Kirsten Lundgren April 12, 2013 at 05:40 PM
We certainly don't need any more democrats ruining our lives. We have it at the federal level, the state level and now the local level.

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