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Letter: Choose Groce to lead DeKalb as mayor

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

When we first met DeKalb mayoral candidate Jennifer Groce 15 years ago, she was an NIU student, a wife and a working mom. But we quickly discovered that she was already devoted to good government, citizen participation and the city of DeKalb. 

Today, she is still filled with energy and fresh ideas, representing a new generation of leadership for DeKalb.

Over the years, we also have learned that Jennifer is competent, dependable, organized and honest. She has the enthusiasm and speaking skills that good leaders need to communicate with many constituencies and to rally the troops. 

She is a seasoned player in the public arena who has faced public criticism and knows how to handle it.

Jennifer is able to listen, to negotiate and to compromise. She developed these skills working in many coalitions both when she worked for Re:New DeKalb and, as a citizen, volunteering with local groups – from the Jefferson School PTA to the DeKalb Sesquicentennial Committee to Kishwaukee Hospital.

Jennifer has the expertise in regional, community and economic development that our city needs. She has practical knowledge and experience in how DeKalb works, having spent more than 10 years working with almost every city department and local government taxing body, as well as with numerous local organizations and neighboring communities, to further community revitalization in DeKalb.

Your vote for Jennifer Groce for mayor on April 9 will be a vote for a knowledgeable, competent mayor who is dedicated to making DeKalb an even better community in which to live and to work. You can find out more at www.grocefordekalb.com.

Carol Zar

DeKalb

Elizabeth Bass

DeKalb

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