Aurora Alderman Elmore decides not to seek re-election in spring
By Stephanie Lulay email@example.com October 24, 2012 12:14PM
Lynda Elmore alderman of the Aurora Ward 10
Updated: November 26, 2012 7:11AM
AURORA — Aurora Alderman Lynda Elmore has decided she will not seek re-election in the spring.
Elmore, who has been a member of the City Council for 12 years and currently represents the 10th Ward, said she will be moving to Virginia for family reasons.
In a letter Wednesday, Elmore said, “it is with much soul-searching that I have decided not to seek re-election... This past year has been a difficult one for my extended family, which is located almost entirely in Virginia. It has become necessary to make trips back and forth almost every month and for several months, there were multiple trips.
“It is primarily because our presence in Virginia is needed more and more often that we have made the decision to move,” she said.
Elmore said as alderman, she has been able to participate in much of Aurora’s growth — including major improvements to city facilities and city infrastructure, such as the new police station, new customer service center, Fire Station 8 and Phillips, McCarty and RiverEdge parks.
“I have seen the completion of roadway projects that support the far East Side’s growth such as the connection of Indian Trail Road and the opening of the Eola exit from I-88,” she said. “In the 12 years, I have had the privilege of serving on each of the four committees for City Council.”
Elmore will complete her current term on the City Council. She was elected in 2001 as alderman of the city’s 1st Ward, and became alderman of the new 10th Ward after the ward redistricting in 2003.
In a statement, Elmore thanked her constituents for “their support and encouragement,” and city employees and fellow aldermen.
“It is the people of Aurora that I will most miss,” she said.
Elmore said that she wanted to announce now to ensure other potential 10th Ward aldermanic candidates would have sufficient time to make their decisions.
Businessman and attorney Judd Lofchie announced earlier this month that he will run for the 10th Ward spot.