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Government Local

Verbic announces his plan to run for DeKalb mayor

DeKALB – Mike Verbic, a member of the DeKalb School District 428 board, says he plans to run for mayor of DeKalb in April.

Verbic cited his work at Northern Illinois University, as an instructional media systems technician in NIU Media Services, as well as with the neighboring communities of Malta and Cortland through his position on the school board as proof that he can help build the partnerships the city needs.

“I want to sit down and align our common goals,” Verbic said.

Verbic joined the school board in 2005, and was board president in 2010 when the district opened its new high school at 501 W. Dresser Road. He has served on the governing board of the DeKalb County Special Education Association.

Partnerships with different communities and different agencies will help the city from a security standpoint and an economic standpoint, Verbic said.

“Businesses, large and small, and certainly NIU, are the driving force of our community,” Verbic said. “We need to reach out more regularly to better identify their needs, which in turn will help us attract and retain business in our community.”

Verbic is a 1984 DeKalb High School graduate. He lives in DeKalb with his wife, Jennifer, daughter, Grace, and son Michael.

Verbic said he’d like to integrate newcomers into the city by giving them easily accessible information about DeKalb, whether it be an information packet presented to them or a link to a website.

“It’s creating that same ownership I feel and my family feels,” Verbic said. “We want them to feel the same way.”

John Rey, a retired DeKalb Ag/Monsanto employee and former District 428 school board member, announced his candidacy for mayor earlier this month after Mayor Kris Povlsen said he would not seek another term.

Mayoral candidates must collect 239 to 383 signatures to appear on the ballot. The filing period for candidate petitions for all local offices is Dec. 17 to Dec. 24. Verbic said he has yet to collect the signatures necessary to get his name on the ballot.

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