Simonson won't seek re-election
December 11, 2008
Walworth — Trustee Rich Simonson will not seek re-election this April.
Simonson said he doesn't have the time to continue serving as a trustee.
"There's a lot of time commitment and I don't feel I can give enough," he said. "I'm not happy with what I'm not able to do."
Simonson was appointed to the board in 2006, and was first elected in April 2007.
"It's an interesting and educational experience and I think everyone should do it," he said.
As a trustee, Simonson served on the village's Park Commission and oversaw several projects in his time in office.
During his tenure, Badger Park and the neighboring trail was completed. He also worked with the Fontana Community Development Authority to develop a joint pedestrian path between the two villages.
Simonson also serves on the Ad Hoc Joint Service Committee, which is investigating consolidating services with the village of Fontana.
He also serves on the village's Public Works Committee.
He said another important aspect of being a trustee is working with and listening to people that he may not have agreed with.
"It really challenges your thought patterns," he said.
But Simonson may come back to village politics in the future.
"Most definitely I will come back," he said. "It might be in two years or in 20 years."
He also said he enjoyed serving on the board and working with the other trustees and village officials.
"I've been really impressed by the other trustees in terms of their passion, integrity and work ethic," he said. "A lot of time is put in by a lot of people in the village that isn't seen."
Three trustee seats will be up this April. The incumbents holding those seats are Simonson, Patrick Hubertz and David Rasmussen. The terms for Village President Todd Watters seat and Municipal Judge John W. Peterson also expire in April.
As of Tuesday morning, no candidates have filed paper with the village of Walworth. The deadline to file is Jan. 6 at 5 p.m.