Mokena's newly-elected mayor talks about the village's future and thanks voters.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Newly elected Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer addresses economic development, thanks the community for its support and talks about what's next for Mokena.
Mokena's newly elected mayor, Frank Fleischer, is ready to work with newly elected trustees, village administration and others to bring the village economic development. Although he was elected in an unopposed race, Fleischer said that the voter turnout indicated that the village was ready for change. “People voted for me for a reason,” he said. “Even though I was unopposed, people voted for me. … That tells me people are looking forward to what I said during the campaign. They want economic development in the village of Mokena and I will start doing that as soon as I take office.” With economic development at the forefront of his mind, Fleischer said he plans to find a way to bring an economic development director position to the village…
A tight race kept candidates on the edge throughout the night. As the final votes came in, the incumbents swept the Village Board race.
An earlier version of the story showed Mary Beth Windberg won a seat on the Mokena Village Board. The totals were incomplete at the time of the reporting. Patch regrets the error. Update: As vote tallies at the Will County Clerk's Office were totaled after all precincts were in, turns out it was an incumbent sweep for trustees on the Mokena Village Board. George Metanias raked in 1,459 votes, while Mary beth Windberg garnered 1,430. Original story: A contentious race between two factions—incumbents and those aligned with incoming Mayor Frank Fleischer—was not decided until late into the evening. In the end, the winners were incumbents Joseph M. Siwinski and John J. Mazzorana, and newcomer Mary Beth Windberg. “I know what what direction …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Mayoral incumbent Joe Werner announced Tuesday that he will be leaving public office after the election in April to focus on his business and family.
Mokena Mayor Joe Werner announced Tuesday that he will withdraw his nominating petitions from the ballot for the April 9 election. Challenger and former village trustee Frank Fleischer will be the only mayoral candidate to appear on the ballot. Werner cited personal reasons for his candidacy withdrawal, saying that he wants to focus his energy on his family, his business (Werner-Nugent Plumbing) and his job as the water department superintendent and plumbing inspector for Blue Island. “It’s not an easy conclusion to come to,” said Werner. “My dedication, my passion to the village is undiminished.” Werner, who has served two terms as mayor and one term as a village trustee, said he could not commit in full certainty to the amount of time …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Mokena Mayor Joe Werner will not run again, and Frank Fleischer will be the only candidate for mayor whose name will appear on the ballot in April.
Mokena Mayor Joe Werner announced Tuesday that he will withdraw his candidacy from the village mayoral race, Sun-Times Media reports. Werner cited a need to focus on his family, his plumbing business and his full-time position as water department superintendent and plumbing inspector for the city of Blue Island, according to the report. Werner called the move "the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make," but also "logical and practical for my family." Werner's challenger, Frank Fleischer, will be the only mayoral candidate on the ballot in April's election. Patch will update the story as more information becomes available. Like Mokena Patch on Facebook. Get a free Mokena Patch newsletter. Subscribe now.