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Letter: Choose Groce as DeKalb’s next mayor

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

As a DeKalb family business owner, father of six children and a lifelong DeKalb resident, I know firsthand what a great community we live in and I am excited about the future of DeKalb.

One of the most important opportunities for our community is the election of Jennifer Groce as mayor on April 9. We have a number of candidates to choose from, but I believe Jennifer Groce provides the leadership, enthusiasm and expertise DeKalb needs to continue to move forward.

In the coming months, we will experience a change in leadership at Northern Illinois University and the city of DeKalb. Jennifer’s knowledge of both the city and NIU will bring an insight and connection no other candidate can offer. Her expertise in economic development and focus on our role in the local economy will help attract business that will grow our economy.

I personally worked with Jennifer for a number of years on the downtown revitalization project. I saw her work with the city to help complete the project on time and under budget. She worked with the contractors, workers and business owners to make the construction phase of the project less painful for the businesses and their customers. Her boundless energy and ability to communicate with all involved in the project helped to make it a success.

One of the traits I admire most about Jennifer is her dedication to DeKalb. She is committed to making DeKalb a better place to live.

As a lifelong resident and now a grandfather, it is important to me that our new mayor can lead us down the right path for our future generations.

I believe Jennifer Groce is the best choice to serve as DeKalb’s next mayor. I hope you will join me in voting Groce for Mayor on April 9. For more information about her visit her website at www.GroceForDeKalb.com.

Timothy J. Lehan

DeKalb

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