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District 12 candidates ready for contest

Published: Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

SANDWICH – Two of the three candidates in the race for DeKalb County Board District 12 have an idea of what to expect in Tuesday’s general election.

Republicans Jeffery Metzger and John Frieders are the only two county board candidates who defeated primary challengers in March and now face competition in the general election after Democrats caucused in Sarah Greer.

Metzger, an incumbent, and Frieders defeated incumbent Marlene Allen and Jerald Osland in the primary, with 383 and 630 votes, respectively.

Metzger said he hopes the momentum will carry over to continue his eight-year career on the board.

“Anything can happen, it just depends on what the voter turnout is,” he said. “I hope my constituents continue to support me.”

District 12 encompasses Sandwich Township and stretches south of West Sandwich Road to South County Line Road and west of Millington Road to Gov. Beveridge Highway.

Two seats are available in each county board district.

Metzger originally had his sights set on the open state representative seat in the 90th District, but he withdrew and decided to stay local after his mother started having severe health problems.

Now Metzger, who recently retired from Elgin Community College, said he hopes to help the new county board members reach across the aisle and work in a bipartisan fashion like their predecessors.

“A lot of our votes don’t come down to party lines, and I would like to see that continue,” Metzger said. “I want to see the board keep working as a bipartisan group.”

Metzger could have the opportunity to reach across party lines in his own district if Greer wins the other seat.

Greer, a lifelong volunteer, said she also is not interested in party affiliations and always looks to do what is best for the community.

She said she is not focused on any issue and would look to serve and contribute where needed as best she could if elected.

“I feel if you’re not doing what you can to serve other people you’re a waste of space on the planet,” she said. “If this is where the Lord would have me be, I will get voted in. If it’s not what’s best for me and the county, I will not.”

Frieders, the top vote-getter in the primary and former Sandwich school board member, could not be reached for comment, but has said budgetary concerns are on the top of his list of concerns and he would be vigilant in monitoring the added costs that come with the courthouse and jail expansions.

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