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Jacobson announces he'll run for DeKalb mayor

DeKALB – A 28-year-old DeKalb alderman announced his candidacy for DeKalb mayor, whom voters will choose in April 2013.

First Ward Alderman David Jacobson will run against John Rey, a retired Ag/Monsanto employee, Mike Verbic, a member of the DeKalb School District 428 Board, and Jennifer Groce, the former executive director of Re:New DeKalb.

In a news release posted on DeKalb County Online, Jacobson said that, with Northern Illinois University President John Peters stepping down in June, the city can "take the lead, and forge the type of relationship that will allow our communiversity to mutually prosper."

In the release, Jacobson touted his business experience to fight concerns about his age and experience.

“As the only candidate running who operates his own business, I have had to use technology, new ideas, creativity, and a strong fiscal ideology, not only to keep the business afloat, but to put food on my table," Jacobson said.

In 2011, Jacobson beat then-alderman Bertrand Simpson, securing 77 percent of the vote. As mayor, Jacobson said he would update the city's "technologically-phobic practices" which he described as wasteful economically and environmentally.

Jacobson has lived in DeKalb since 2002. He has an associate's degree in criminal justice from Kishwaukee College, and a bachelor's degree in political science from NIU. Jacobson remains heavily involved with the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, serving on the fraternity's national board of directors and as the owner/manager of their house at 900 Greenbrier Road.

The release states he will be hosting a number of meet-and-greets, the first of which is scheduled for Dec. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fanatico Restaurant, 1215 Blackhawl Road in DeKalb. His campaign website, www.jacobsonfordekalb.com, will be online after Jan. 1.

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