Photo: A fundraiser was held to re-elect Sugar Grove Village President P. Sean Michels on Jan. 29 in the Pine Room at Bliss Creek Golf Course in Sugar Grove. Attendees included Sugar Grove and surrounding area residents, Sugar Grove Village Trustees, Elburn Village President Dave Anderson and Mayor of Aurora Tom Weisner. The Michels family is (left to right) Madelyn, Sophie, Nick, Abby, wife Valerie and Sean.
Photo by Patti Wilk
by Dave Woehrle
SUGAR GROVE—A heavy, unseasonable rainstorm wasn’t enough to prevent more than a hundred people from attending Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels’ campaign kickoff fundraiser at Bliss Creek Golf Course’s Pine Room on Jan. 29.
Michels, who will run for re-election against village trustee Kevin Geary on the April ballot, has served as village president since 1999.
“I’m impressed with the turnout,” Michels said during the fundraiser. “We’ve been utilizing Facebook and other social media outlets to get our campaign rolling by connecting with more people, and it’s wonderful to see so many familiar faces coming out to show support.”
Michels’ family, friends and constituents socialized, ate pizza and discussed local issues during the two-hour event. Michels’ father, Jim, said the event was “a real shot in the arm” for the campaign.
“This is a contested election, so you can’t take anything for granted,” he said.
The event was co-sponsored and supported by Cordogan Clark and Associates, IBEW Local 701, Plumber/Pipefitters Local 501, Schram Construction, Producers Chemical and Morton Private Wealth Strategies.
Michels said his campaign will focus on his experience and accomplishments, and his continued vision for a better Sugar Grove. A pamphlet created by Friends of Sean Michels highlights his economic record during the recession, and notes that the village since 2007 has reduced its staff by 20 percent by implementing smarter technology.
“Lower governmental costs translate into lower taxes,” Michels said.
Michels also mentioned his work in creating the 25-acre Sugar Grove Sports Complex on Wheeler Road. A potential stop at Rich Harvest Farms for the 2016 LPGA Tour is also in discussion.
If re-elected, Michels plans to address target issues such as reducing real estates taxes, creating an impact fee agreement with the Kaneland School District, attracting more businesses to the Route 47 corridor, constructing a retirement apartment complex and establishing a Metra Station in Sugar Grove.
Michels addressed the crowd at around 6:30 p.m.
“I want to thank all of you for coming out tonight to show your continued support, but we are not done by any means. We need to establish a vision for the future, and we can only do this as a community,” he said.
Kane County Board member Melisa Taylor, a former Sugar Grove village trustee, said the election should be interesting.
“Both candidates are great men, and I think both would do a good job,” she said. “We’ll have to see what happens.”
Trustees Rick Montalto, Robert Bohler and David Paluch endorse Michels.
Michels spoke briefly of Geary during a pre-fundraiser phone call, noting how drainage problems in the Mallard Point and Rolling Oaks subdivisions have become a “political issue.”
“That situation was quite a fiasco because of certain individuals who would not compromise, but the issue has been resolved,” Michels said. “As far as Geary, I just don’t know what his message and plans are other than to cut spending, which is something I’ve done for years.”