Woodridge mayoral candidate Joe Kagann drops out of race
The list of residents looking to run for Woodridge mayor in the April consolidated elections is now a little shorter, as one candidate announced Wednesday morning he has dropped out of the race.
Village Trustee Joe Kagann said he is withdrawing his name for the mayoral race, but will run for re-election for his trustee seat. Kagann confirmed the decision in an email to the Woodridge Reporter Wednesday morning. Four other candidates are running for mayor in the wake of the retirement of William Murphy, who has been mayor for more than 30 years.
Last week, Kagann said he had filed paperwork for both the mayoral race and the village trustee race, and would make a decision on which office he would seek this week. Kagann had five business days from the filing deadline in order to make a decision for which office his name would appear on the ballot.
Kagann did not give a reason for dropping out, but said last week he would base the decision on who had filed to run to determine if this was the right time to run. He will focus on campaigning for his reelection as trustee, he said.
The four other candidates that have filed to run for mayor include village trustees Greg Abbott and Gina Cunningham-Picek, Mike Krucek — a trustee on the Woodridge Police Pension Board, and Ferenc Vandor, who is making his second run at the mayor’s seat.
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