DeKALB – Second Ward Alderman Tom Teresinski said he will not seek re-election in April.
"I think it'll be time for a little bit of a turnover, get some new ideas and hope we can get some new candidates," Teresinski said after the DeKalb City Council meeting Monday.
Teresinski is the third member of the council who plans to not seek re-election. Mayor Kris Povlsen and Fourth Ward Alderman Brendon Gallagher announced earlier that they would not run again.
At 61, Teresinski said another four-year commitment to the council was significant. He would like to do some traveling and spend time with his grandchildren.
Teresinski will not seek a different office, such as mayor, but would consider working with the city by volunteering on one of its boards or commissions.
Teresinski said he had no regrets about his time and involvement with the City Council. He said the council has made strides in improving the city's "severe economic issues" through tax increment financing.
"Our long-term issues with unemployment are a concern," Teresinski said. "When we see this kind of development that we're talking about and offering good alternatives for these monies as we've done downtown and out on [the Route] 23 corridor, I see that as a plus."
Teresinski caught some of his colleagues by surprise with his announcement at the end of Monday's meeting.
"I've not always agreed, not always the same way you did, but I always appreciated your well-reasoned voice," said Third Ward Alderwoman Kristen Lash. "I think a lot of us up here have come to rely on your financial expertise. You will definitely be missed."
Teresinski was appointed to the council in September 2008 after Povlsen became the acting mayor after the death of Mayor Frank Van Buer. Both Teresinski and Povlsen were elected in their own right in April 2009.
People who are interested in running for City Council must collect signatures from their wards. Second Ward candidates need to collect 72 to 122 signatures. Candidates for City Council must also have lived in their ward for a year before they can be elected.
Nominating petitions are available to download from the websites of the DeKalb City Clerk, the DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder, and the Illinois State Board of Elections.
The filing period for candidate petitions for all local offices is Dec. 17 to Dec. 24.