GENEVA – Geneva Library Board member Steve Andersson said he will resign his position this week to pursue his campaign for state representative in the Nov. 4 general election.
The board is expected to accept his resignation at its meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday, at the library, 127 James St., Geneva.
Andersson, who was elected as library trustee for a second term April 2013, said it was better for the library that he leave now rather than serve until January, when he would be sworn in as a state representative.
“We have a brand-new director starting. Why should she have to figure out who I am, have me leave and then have someone new on the board?” Andersson said.
“The budget is now coming up, and I’m also the treasurer,” Andersson said. “It does not make sense for the person who is treasurer to be the short-timer when he is responsible for the budget for the full year.”
Andersson said one of his main goals on the library board was to get a full and fair presentation of space use at the library. A presentation is expected this week on a space use study.
“I kind of feel like the timing could not be better,” Andersson said. “I feel like I fulfilled many of my goals.”
Andersson said he thoroughly enjoyed serving on the library the past six years.
“I learned a lot about good government,” Andersson said. “I really value the relationships I developed with various members through the years. And I look forward to presenting the people of Geneva and a larger capacity. I will not forget my passion for the library when I go down to Springfield.”
Andersson won the Republican primary March 18 and does not face opposition in the general election. Library board president Esther Steel said the library would seek out a replacement for Andersson. The replacement would serve until a two-year seat would be open in the April 2015 election.
“We are going to miss Steve,” Steel said. “Steve has been a valuable, contributing member to our board. He will be sorely missed. I’m happy for him. I think he will do great things in Springfield, and I am looking forward to watching him do that next chapter.”