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Three candidates running uncontested for Board

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Forsyth voters will find three names on the ballot to fill the three open trustee positions for the Village board when they visit their polling place April 5. Newcomer Kerstin Trachtenberg will join incumbent trustees Bob Rasho and Larry Reed as the sole candidates in this year’s uncontested election. Profiles of the candidates:

Bob Rasho

Age: 73

Education: B.S., civil engineering, Chicago Technical College; M.B.A., DePaul University; certified cost engineer.

Background: Worked 22 years in various management positions, primarily as a project manager for large capital projects for Illinois Power Co. Retired in 2001.

Family: Resides at 5 Hickory Point Court with wife, Pauline. Has a married son and a married daughter. Forsyth resident since 1980.

Forsyth Community Activities: Participation in Forsyth municipal government began in 2005 as a member of the Public Works Committee and the Plan Commission. In 2005, received the Village’s Pride & Progress Award for Humanitarianism. Elected to a four-year term as a Village trustee in 2007 and in 2009 ran as an unsuccessful mayoral candidate while retaining his present trustee position for the balance of his term. Presently serves as chairman of the Public Works Committee. Seeks a second four-year term as an incumbent trustee in the uncontested election.

Village Priorities:

  • Encourage and support professionalism and accountability measures adopted by a majority of the current Board of trustees and the new Village administrator.
  • Maintain fiscal responsibility and prudent spending of taxpayers’ money.
  • Advance the idea and be an advocate for establishing term limits for the elected offices of mayor and Village trustees.

Larry Reed

Age: 68

Education: B.S., Illinois State University; M.S.E., Eastern Illinois

Background: Worked 33 years for the Decatur School District No. 61, beginning as an industrial arts and driver’s education high school teacher. The last 25 years of his career in education were spent as the district’s director of purchasing and transportation. Retired in 1999.

Family: Resides at 749 Stevens Creek Boulevard with wife, Carol. Has a college-age daughter and two grown sons and a granddaughter. Forsyth resident since 2001.

Forsyth Community Activities: Participation in Forsyth municipal government beginning in 2002 as a Finance Committee member, followed in 2003 with election to a four-year term as a Village trustee. As an incumbent trustee, won re-election in 2007 to a second four-year term and now seeks a third four-year term in this year’s uncontested election. Membership on three Village committees, including past chairman of the Finance Committee, past chairman of the Health & Safety Committee and present chairman of the Library Citizen Advisory Committee. Member of the Forsyth Sunrise Rotary Club. An active volunteer with the Great Forsyth Regional Chili & Salsa Cookoff and the Forsyth Family Fest.

Village Priorities:

  • Continue to provide and to expand on the Village amenities which make Forsyth a viable and attractive place to live.
  • Understand that the business community, as provider of a large sales tax contribution, should be welcomed and encouraged to be a partner with the Village, not an adversary. Some current Village practices make it difficult for people or corporations who want to enter into this partnership.
  • Continue to upgrade Village infrastructure and to encourage the county to make County Highway 20 a priority in providing storm water relief for the north part of the Village.

Kerstin Trachtenberg

Age: 50

Education: B.A., communications, St. Louis University.

Background: Worked 13 years as trade marketing and sales director for Liguori Publications in Missouri.

Family: Resides at 923 Stevens Creek Circle with husband, Jeff. Has two college-age daughters. Forsyth resident since 2001.

Forsyth Community Activities: Participated in the Activities & Events Committee soon after arriving in Forsyth. Since 2009 has served as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for abused, neglected and dependent children.

Village Priorities:

  • Be an honest, good steward of taxpayers’money. Look for ways to get a better value for money the Village spends.
  • Support the current organizational structure of a professional administrative staff who reports to the Board.
  • Support business owners, especially small independent businesses in Forsyth. Doesn’t want a “billboard corridor” in the Village, but would like to see ordinances reviewed to accommodate all types of businesses.

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