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DeKalb's Ward 2 Alderman Bill Finucane won't seek third term

DeKalb's Ward 2 Alderman, Bill Finucane, the most senior member on the City Council, will not seek a third term, he announced Wednesday morning.
DeKalb's Ward 2 Alderman, Bill Finucane, the most senior member on the City Council, will not seek a third term, he announced Wednesday morning.

DeKALB – DeKalb's Ward 2 Alderman, Bill Finucane, the most senior member on the City Council, will not seek a third term, he announced Wednesday morning.

"Over the past month or so, a number of individuals have reached out to me, encouraging that I run for a third term," Finucane said in a statement. "I certainly am appreciative of the comments and confidence towards me. I never planned on remaining on council for an extraordinary long time. Therefore, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection for a third term as alderman in DeKalb’s Second Ward."

Finucane said he and his wife, Rita, now have three grandchildren, none of whom were born when he was first elected in 2013. He said he has "several other interests" that have had to take a back seat to his council duties over the years.

Although the window for filing candidate papers has not yet opened, several have announced their plans for the April 2021 Consolidated Election in the city of DeKalb, including JJ Wett, 35, who said he plans to run to represent Ward 2 residents.

Last week, DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith said he does not plan to seek a second term – an announcement that was followed by Sycamore Mayor Curt Lang on Monday. DeKalb Ward 1 Alderman Carolyn Morris has announced her intent to run for mayor.

In his accomplishments over two terms, Finucane cited economic development as a highlight.

"When first elected in 2013, my primary goal was to help promote economic development with the City of DeKalb," he said. "Over the years of my service on City Council, we have accomplished a great of commercial development: 3M, the Pappas projects, several restaurants, Ferraro, and Facebook; over $900 million dollars of investment into the city. Prior to election to council, I served as a member and then the chair of the City’s Environmental Commission for several years."

Finucane quoted President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who said "Politics should be a part-time profession of every citizen," in his statement Wednesday.

"I am grateful I was able to do my part."

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