Sugar Grove village president says he is running for state senate
SUGAR GROVEâ€”Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels said Monday that he intends to run for state Senator in the 25th District.
â€œI’m throwing my hat in the ring,â€ he said Wednesday.
Michels said he is proud of what he has accomplished during the 10 years he served as village president of Sugar Grove.
Michels said that during his tenure, Sugar Grove was recognized in 2007 by Business Week as the â€œBest Affordable Communityâ€ in Illinois, based on low crime, affordable housing and good schools.
Sugar Grove’s bond rating was upgraded from an A to an A+ by Standard & Poor’s for its strong financial management, and Sugar Grove won the Governor’s Hometown Award this year for its Alive at 25 driver’s education program.
He said that the infrastructure and road improvements he was instrumental in bringing to the village will help foster commercial development for the area. In addition, he said his involvement with the Metro West Council of Government has helped the village identify issues at the state level, giving Sugar Grove a louder voice in Springfield.
He said it is this experience and commitment that he wants to take to Springfield.
â€œThat experience has taught me the benefits of working with others to improve the community and the region,â€ he said. â€œThe successful Solheim Cup is an example of how regional cooperation has benefited the area. As your state Senator, I will pledge to work with other elected officials in the district and the state to get things done.â€
Michels said his goals, if elected, are to make Illinois a work-friendly state, get people back to work and bring back more tax dollars to the area.
Michels scheduled a campaign kick-off event for Wednesday night, to formally mark the start of his campaign.