As of noon April 8, Mike Bruno leads in our completely unofficial and unscientific Patch poll. Write a comment about the candidate you support, sign your name and keep it positive, please.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Zac Ploppert or Mike Bruno? Here's your chance to make an endorsement for the candidate of your choice.
Who do you like in the April 9 1st Ward race: Zac Ploppert or Mike Bruno? Attached to this article is a Patch poll, where you can "vote" for your favorite candidate. In the comments field below, write your personal endorsement for your favorite candidate. There's no limit to the number of comments you can post, but we're going to ask that you post only the reasons you are voting for a candidate, not why you're voting against his opponent. On-site comments will need approval by the Geneva Patch editor. To qualify for on-site approval: If you have questions you would like to pose to either or both candidates, please feel free to ask them here. The same rules apply for on-site approval.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Or better put, why I'm suddenly happy with Zac Ploppert and Bob McQuillan
Wow! I should’ve dared our young 1st Ward aldermanic candidate Zac Ploppert to give us a glimpse of his campaign platform ages ago. (And don’t worry Zac — despite the insistent internal goading — I generally don’t respond to me, either.) His most recent Dec. 10 Patch blog entry titled, The Issues as I See Them has to be one of the best political responses to a column challenge I’ve ever had the pleasure to peruse. For what can be said in a thousand-word piece, our aspiring city councilman was clear, concise and generally to the point. That doesn’t mean I agree with everything he said, but that’s not the point! Now, if we could only get the rest of those dais denizens to follow in his footsteps. I’m not sure if Zac and challenger Mike Bruno…
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Zac, we know you're independent, but what do you stand for?
It was good to see Zac Ploppert back on Patch again and ya also gotta give the young 1st Ward aldermanic candidate credit for showing up at virtually every City Council meeting. The truth is, while some of those government get togethers actually are a fascinating study, for the most part, watching the municipal gears grind is a lot like watching the late summer grass grow. Though I wish he (and all Patch bloggers) would read his prose out loud before that final submission, his writing has improved, which is always a good sign. Personally, I prefer potential politicians who are willing to improve and evolve. That said, I was more than a bit baffled by Zac’s latest piece titled, “A Truly Independent Candidate” in which he first decries …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
On Wednesday, Historic Preservation Commission member Mike Bruno will officially announce his candidacy for the 1st Ward aldermanic seat.
In a Monday press release, Mike Bruno said he will formally announce Wednesday his intent to run for 1st Ward alderman. Bruno will make the announcement at 3 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 15, on the front porch of his home, at 522 Fulton St. in Geneva. Bruno will make a brief statement of the reasons for his candidacy and will answers questions from the press thereafter. Refreshments will be served. Bruno has been a member of Geneva’s Historic Preservation Commission. He is an active and vocal proponent of historic preservation on issues such as the proposed demolition of the former Pure Oil Building, and the Cetron Building. Bruno owns a local Geneva technology company called 1st Layers Consulting and has been a regular volunteer on Geneva events …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Playing reporter every now and then keeps me on my toes!
Considering the confluence of Swedish Days and the fact that Rick can’t seem to come up with a cheap way of cloning himself, I thought I’d take some journalistic heat off him by delving into a couple of stories and playing reporter for a day. Not to worry! We’ll get back to hard-hitting opinion pieces, like whether any festival goer should even be allowed to utter the words “fried Twinkie,” much less eat one. So, our first topic is the status of the ongoing arson investigation involving the 8:48 p.m. June 16 fire at the west campus of the First Baptist Church at Peck and Keslinger roads. Thankfully, the fire was limited to the dumpsters and caused just $5,000 in damage overall, mostly to the wooden garbage area enclosure and the scorched …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Please run for alderman when you're really ready for it.
Oh! I can hear just one of my biggest detractors now. “You want us to get involved, but then in the next breath you tell us not to get involved.” It’s true! I will gladly plead nolo contendere to that notion, because when I issue a call for y’all to get involved, you’re supposed to implicitly understand the implied assertion is only the right people are supposed to get involved. Because, sadly, it doesn’t matter whether it’s an activist group, the City Council, or the County Board and above, those political mediums tend to attract the kind of flawed people who, lacking any kind of solid self-definition, run simply to feed their egos. Before you skip the rest and rush down to the comment section, please allow me to pre-empt you by freely …
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
An article thats actually about Geneva
There is no doubt that Geneva is a fantastic place, but from time to time I think everyone forgets how great our town is—that is, until something reminds us. Even I sometimes find myself being reminded of how lucky I am to have grown up here without ever realizing I need to be reminded! My reminder came Monday morning from several sources. The first source came after logging into my Facebook account and finding I had been tagged in several pictures from over the weekend. Nervous that the pictures were from my 21st birthday over the weekend, I cautiously clicked on the notification. To my delight, the pictures were not from the inside of Old Towne but rather of me and my niece. Now, normally a picture of me and my niece would be enough to …