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DeKalb sixth ward alderman announces bid for reelection

DeKalb's 6th Ward alderman Mike Verbic announced he'll seek reelection, adding his name to the list of elected officials making decisions about the April 2021 election months in advance.
DeKalb's 6th Ward alderman Mike Verbic announced he'll seek reelection, adding his name to the list of elected officials making decisions about the April 2021 election months in advance.

DeKALB – DeKalb 6th Ward alderman, Mike Verbic, announced he’ll seek reelection, adding his name to the list of elected officials making decisions about the April 2021 election.

Verbic, first elected to the role in 2017, said he’s running because public service has always been an important component of his life.

“Together, embracing extraordinary opportunities and facing unique challenges, we can ensure our community’s bright future,” he said in a statement. “Over the past decade, my time as your elected public servant has prepared me to help lead us forward. Your priorities are mine. As a strong consensus builder, I will continue to champion your voice as a member of City Council.”

Verbic served as a member of the DeKalb District 428 School Board from 2005 to 2013 including as the board’s president during the DeKalb High School and Cortland Elementary referendum, and was on the city’s Finance Advisory Committee from 2014 to 2017 prior to making a bid for alderman.

Although the candidate filing window for next spring’s Consolidated Election has not opened, public office throughout the county already promises to look significantly different.

DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith announced in September he won’t seek a second term, and Sycamore Mayor Curt Lang made an identical announcement just days later. Vying for the DeKalb mayoral post is Verbic’s colleague, Ward 1 Alderman Carolyn Morris, who announced in August her bid for the next mayor of DeKalb.

Longtime council member and Ward 2 Alderman Bill Finucane announced in September he wouldn’t seek a third term, and will depart the council in the spring as its senior-most member.

Verbic, part of six generations of his family in DeKalb, said he and his wife, Jennifer Verbic, married and made DeKalb their home in 1993, and cited opportunities his children, Michael Verbic and Grace Verbic, have enjoyed as one reason why he’s proud to serve.

“It has been an enlightening few years where much was accomplished, and yet, our work continues,” he said. “This is a great responsibility and I appreciate the confidence you place in me.”

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