Two of four city aldermen challenged

Two of four Vandalia aldermen running for election are being challenged in next week’s election.
In Ward I, incumbent Ken Hubler is being opposed by Joseph Crawford, and in Ward IV, incumbent B. John Clark is being challenged by former Ward I alderman Bret Brosman.
The other two incumbents, Joel Rebbe in Ward II and Russ Stunkel in Ward III, are running unopposed.
 

KEN HUBLER
Age: 61
Occupation: I owned Computer Sharks USA until 2015, when I closed it to take full time care of my parents. My mother was diagnosed with dementia in 2011 and my father suffered a stroke in 2013. The health of both of them kept deteriorating till finally it was either put them in a nursing home or take full time care of them. I chose full-time care and took care of both of them until they passed away, my father in January 2018 and my mother in December 2018. I am now gearing up to open a new business in the future.
Family: I have been single all my life, but a few years ago, I found my soul mate, Wanda Morefield. In May of this year, we are getting married. Neither of us have children, but my soon to be nieces, nephew, great niece and just-born great-nephew are close to us and are considered our children.
Education: I went to grade school and graduated high school here in Vandalia. I have an associate’s degree in horology (study of time) and an associate’s degree in computer technology.
Church, club memberships: Member of the Masons and Shrine Club since 2007.
Offices held in the past: Alderman for Ward 1 for the past 4 years.
Why Have You Decided To Run For Re-election?
I love Vandalia. To me it is a great honor to be an alderman and help Vandalia plan for the present and future. 
What do you see are your qualifications for this position?
After four years of being in office as alderman, I now have the experience and knowledge of the complexities our city faces when dealing with state laws and mandates.
I also have an understanding of the workings and needs of our city departments that keep the services our residents enjoy running smoothly.
Every city council meeting is a learning experience, because each meeting is unique to the needs our city continually has, and I suggest to anyone thinking of running for a position such as this to start regularly attending meetings to learn how our local government works and show the public you are serious about the position.  
What do you feel should be the city’s priorities at this time?
• Of course, jobs and industry are a major priority in this city and every city in Illinois. Vandalia works constantly to entice business and industry to locate in the area. Illinois is not a business-friendly state, and with neighboring states being business-friendly, it is difficult to accomplish.
• Maintaining and replacing infrastructure is a must, because this ties into enticing business and industry. Without good roads, bridges and water supply, our chances of getting industry with good paying jobs becomes even slimmer.
• We need to find ways to supplement our already high property taxes to fund state-mandated pension funds. I supported and still support the sales tax increase, which everyone, even visitors, help fund, relieving property owners of the total burden.
• Downtown Vandalia is a very vital part of our community and needs help. We need to continually support our downtown business and property owners through shopping locally, grants to maintain our historical buildings, beautification of downtown and make city ordinances more beneficial to our business owners needs.  

JAMES CRAWFORD
We did not receive a returned questionnaire.

Joel Rebbe
We did not receive a returned questionnaire.

Russ Stunkel
We did not receive a returned questionnaire.

B. JOHN CLARK
Age: 77
Occupation: Retired and part-time employee of NAPA.
Family: Wife, Brenda; and daughters, Bobbie Holman and Barri Forehand.
Education: High school.
Church, club memberships: Four Mile Christian Church, serving as an elder; and Adventure Cruiser Street Rods.
Offices held in the past: Ward IV alderman and president of Vandalia Rotary Club.
Why have you decided to seek re-election?
I am dedicated to making Vandalia a good place to live and work. We have a very dedicated mayor. Plus, I like the people who live here.
What do you see are your qualifications for this position?
My experience as a former businessman – past part owner of WPMB/WKRV, the original Subway and two doughnut shops, one in Pittsfield and one in Jacksonville.
What do you feel should be the city’s priorities at this time?
To maintain our current business and industry, and try to capitalize on our tourism and build a new water plant.

BRET W. BROSMAN
Age: 59
Occupation:  Retired from Vandalia Correctional Center, and substitute driver for FAYCO and Vandalia School system.
Family: Married to Bunny Brosman for 28 years, Stepfather of Andrea (Nance) Jump and Tyler Nance; grandfather of five and great grandfather of one.
Education: Greenville High School class of 1977 and bachelor’s degree (with honors) in business administration from Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa, in 1982.
Church, Club memberships: AFSCME, Vandalia Historical Society, Vandalia Railroads Museum Foundation, SAR and National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Offices held in the past: Vandalia alderman in Ward 1 for three terms (1999-2011) Vandalia Zoning Board of Adjustments (current) and Fayette Mosquito Abatement District (current).
Why have you decided to run for office?
I enjoyed serving the citizens of Vandalia for 12 years, and now that I am semi-retired, I have more time to devote to city business. I wanted to give the residents of Ward IV a choice in representation. 
What do you see are your qualifications for this office?
Twelve years prior alderman experience and leadership experience (retired as the Vandalia Correctional Center Record office supervisor).
What do you feel should be the city’s priorities at this time?
To continue to provide city services for the safety of the residents while being fiscally responsible.
A replacement for our aged water treatment plant is a major upcoming project that has to be done.
I personally would love to see a grant-funded sidewalk to connect our public schools, park system (with the existing walking trail), YMCA and Kaskaskia College.

 

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