The 2021 race for mayor of Bolingbrook became more competitive with two village officials recently announcing their candidacies.
Next year will be the first time in more than 30 years the second-largest municipality in Will County will elect a new mayor. Former longtime Mayor Roger Claar stepped down from the role this past summer.
Bolingbrook Village Trustee Sheldon Watts published a video on YouTube announcing his run. In the video, he said that since the village already has a “host of stellar amenities,” it was time the village became more “people-focused.”
“Now it’s time for us to focus more on enhancing the lives of our residents,” Watts said in the video.
He added he would support a “pro-business” agenda, support job training programs and work to reduce residents’ water rates.
Watts was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Village Board in 2017 and was elected to a four-year term as a trustee in 2019. He previously served as a DuPage Township trustee from 2012 to 2016 and works in the telecommunications industry.
In the video, he also promised a future announcement of a full slate of candidates under the name “Bolingbrook Independent Voices.”
Mary Alexander-Basta, who has been serving as interim mayor of the village since Claar’s retirement, also announced her candidacy Monday, along with her own slate of candidates for other village positions.
“I have proven that I will and am able to provide quality time, energy and determination that is needed to govern a community of over 76,000 residents,” she said in during her announcement, which was livestreamed on Facebook.
Alexander-Basta was first elected as a village trustee in 2019 and works as an event design and coordination consultant.
She is running with a slate of candidates on the First Party for Bolingbrook ticket, which was Claar’s party. Michael Lawler and Maria Zarate are running for reelection to their Village Board seats along with newcomer Troy Doris. Marti Barton is running on the ticket to be the next village clerk.
Alexander-Basta and Watts join Will County Board member Jackie Traynere who had already announced her candidacy for mayor of Bolingbrook this past summer.
Traynere narrowly lost to Claar in a heated 2017 race for mayor.
She’s running with her own slate for candidates on the Bolingbrook United ticket, which includes Elnalyn Costa for village clerk and Rondel Parker, Jose Quintero and Melisa Quinones for trustees.
The consolidated municipal election is scheduled for April 6.
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November 13, 2020 at 03:05PM