GLENWOOD | Village President Kerry Durkin will face a challenge from write-in candidate Adam Winston when voters go to the polls April 9.
Winston's name was not allowed on the ballot because village officials claimed that when he submitted his candidacy papers he did not include a receipt proving he filed an economic interest statement with Cook County.
Winston insists he provided all necessary information, but he was unsuccessful in his legal challenge to have his name added to the ballot.
Durkin, 58, was elected president in 2009. He previously served 10 years as a village trustee.
He said the knowledge obtained from his time working for a nuclear power plant in Braidwood has allowed him to focus on improvements his administration has made to the village's infrastructure in regards to water and sewer.
Durkin considers the construction of a new clubhouse for the village-owned Glenwoodie Golf Course as another accomplishment during his tenure.
He said recent figures indicate the golf course will generate $1.5 million in revenue for the fiscal year that ends April 30.
"And I don't believe we've ever been over one and a quarter (million in revenue) before," Durkin said.
Hiring a qualified and racially diverse staff is another accomplishment in which Durkin said he takes pride.
Winston, 40, is president of the Brookwood Point subdivision's Homeowners Association and is employed as an information technology specialist for the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.
He said he decided to run for village president after being berated by Durkin during the public participation portion of a Village Board meeting last year after Winston had questioned the village's economic development strategy.
"I want people when they come to the meetings to be able to ask questions and have their questions answered without feeling like they're going to be choked or what have you," Winston said.
He said the village needs to start attracting new businesses.
"We have eroding property values," Winston said. "We have a declining tax base. We have increased property taxes. We have residents who are choosing Homewood instead of Glenwood. We have residents who are choosing Lansing instead of Glenwood. We have to start doing more things to create a community that promotes family values and promotes family culture and life."
Durkin said he would prefer not to run again, but that he is doing it out of necessity.
"If I thought Adam Winston could do this job, I wouldn't be doing it," Durkin said. "And if I thought the other candidates whose names were coming up could have done this job, I wouldn't have done it."
Winston said he hopes voters will "make a bold statement" by electing a write-in candidate.
"We don't need leadership who clearly identifies that he doesn't want to do this position, he's just the great hope for the land here," Winston said. "If this is something that you really aren't passionate about and you really don't want to do it, then you should step out of the way and let growth begin."