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Rey announces mayoral candidacy

DeKALB – John Rey, a retired DeKalb Ag/Monsanto employee, said he will run for mayor of DeKalb this spring.

“I love this community, and I want to do my part,” Rey said. “I want to make an impact and make this community better.”

Rey has served on a number of commissions and boards in and around DeKalb. From 1997 to 2002, he was on the city’s Fire and Police Commission.

He was a member of Mayor Kris Povlsen’s Safe and Quality Housing Task Force, which was disbanded after they submitted their final recommendations to the DeKalb City Council.

Rey is the chairman of the city’s Economic Development Commission, a group he has been a member of since 2008. He also is a guest columnist for the Daily Chronicle; today is his last column.

“I’ve spent a large portion of my adult life giving back to my community,” Rey said.

Rey said he also has served in a variety of roles on the board of the Ben Gordon Center and its foundation, and served on the DeKalb school board from 1985 to 1993.

“I find myself reaching toward organizations that have an impact on the community,” Rey said.

On Sept. 21, Povlsen said he would not seek another term as mayor. Rey said his education and business experience – working nearly 38 years in computer applications and finance/costs budgeting – make him a suitable candidate.

Rey said he has a passion for his community and helping others, which he will continue to do if elected mayor.

Mayoral candidates must collect 239 to 383 signatures to appear on the ballot. Rey estimated that he has collected 120 signatures – about halfway to the minimum requirement.

The filing period for candidate petitions for all local offices is Dec. 17 to Dec. 24.

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