Aurora -- A new year dawning brings thoughts of running for local city and Board of Education offices for some Aurorans.

Many times, those planning to run for mayor declare their intentions in the first few months of the election year, and that's expected to be the case this year. The deadline to file to run in the fall election is Aug. 22 at 4 p.m.

James Fisher is the current mayor, having replaced Lynn McGill at the end of November, when McGill resigned for medical reasons.

McGill had been elected three times, and served 11 years in the post, the most of any Aurora mayor.

Fisher will finish the f16nal year of the current term, and is eligible to run next November. He has not announced whether he plans to do so, and nobody else has announced either.

In addition to mayor, the Council-at-large seat of Joe Kastelic and the Wards 1, 3 and 5 seats will be up for election.

Jim Vaca has served in the Ward 1 seat for many years. Carl Rausch is serving in the Ward 3 seat and Kathi Grandillo recently was appointed to the Ward 5 seat, replacing Fisher.

Kastelic is in his fourth term as a Councilman-at-large, while Rausch has held his seat since January 2006.

As for the School Board, three seats are up for grabs this year -- those held by President Gerald Kohanski, Pam Mehallis and Beverly Kuch.

Kohanski is the senior member of the Board, having served for 18 years. Mehallis has served for 11 years and Kuch for seven years.


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