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Shabbona village president candidates to take part in forum Wednesday

March 11, 2019 GMT

SHABBONA – It’s not entirely unlike a wrestling card, or a music ticket.

A forum will be held at 6:30 p.m.Wednesday night at in the Quilhot Schoolhouse attached to Resource Bank, 102 S. Indian Road, and the main event is glaring: the forum between two candidates for Shabbona village president.

Don Goncher, 68, retired police chief and interim Village President, wants to continue serving in the role he’s held for 11 months. Lifelong Shabonna resident Jon Ritter, a 28-year-old full-time DeKalb firefighter who also volunteers for the local fire protection district, is seeking his first public office.

The schoolhouse room holds 50 people.

“I’ve been told to expect a large crowd,” said Linda Novotny, director of Flewellin Memorial Library, who will moderate the event. “I’m afraid we’ll have crowd control.”

Library board, Indian Creek District 425 school board, and village board of trustee candidates will take part in forums leading up to the session with the president candidates, but they’re all shoo-ins, as the number of seats either equal or outweigh the number of candidates.

She said the event should wrap up by 8:30 p.m.

“But I certainly have a little bit of leeway there,” Novotny said.

For those who can’t make it, or can’t get in because of the fire code, she said both Goncher and Ritter have planned other meet-and-greets leading up to the April 2 election.

“If we have a packed house, make sure you’re made aware of the other meet-and-greets the candidates are hosting,” Novotny said.