Weisner likely unopposed in re-election bid
By Jenette Sturges firstname.lastname@example.org November 26, 2012 7:50PM
Aurora Mayor Thomas Weisner announces he will run for a third term as Mayor of Aurora at Piper's Banquets In Aurora on Thursday, October 4, 2012 | Sean King ~ For Sun-Times Media.
Updated: December 28, 2012 6:25AM
The field has widened for a couple city hall races, but it appears Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner will run unopposed in 2013.
As of late Monday afternoon, no other candidate had filed petitions to run against Weisner, who now looks poised to take a third term.
“It feels kind of good and kind of humbling at the same time,” Weisner said Monday. “I’m very grateful to all those who have supported my agenda here in Aurora, and I think we’ve made progress reducing crime, remaining financially stable through tough times; we’ve done some good things with development and job creation as well.”
This will be the first time Weisner has run unopposed. In 2009, he took 60 percent of the vote in a race against At-Large Alderman Richard Irvin, and then-3rd Ward Alderman Stephanie Kifowit.
“Even though I don’t have an opponent, it’s my intention to make my case to the voters and talk about the future,” Weisner said.
Weisner’s priorities for the next four years include making education opportunities more widely available to children and supporting further downtown redevelopment, he said.
The already-crowded 4th Ward race has one more candidate as of late Monday.
Duanne Kleckner, president of Kleckner Construction, has thrown his hat into the 4th Ward ring, which also includes another half-dozen candidates.
Theodoros Mesiacos, an architect, and 22-year-old Reece Boyd will be at the bottom of the ballot for the 3rd Ward, another hotly contested race.