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Tom Bruno is not seeking re-election to the Champaign City Council

In the municipal elections of Spring 2023, there will be three at-large city council seats up for grabs in Champaign. Two current at-large members: Will Kyles and Matthew Gladney will be running again. However, Tom Bruno, who has been a member of the Champaign City Council since 1997(!) has announced that he will be not be running again. From the News-Gazette article:

There are plenty of highly qualified citizens in the community who can serve on the city council, and while I’ve enjoyed my time and I take great pride in the things that we did for the city the last 25 years, there are others who can make their mark on the city. And I believe in democracy. I’d like to see the public select my replacement in an open and fair manner.

At-large city council seats are not bound to a specific district, meaning anyone eligible to run in Champaign can be a candidate for them. Besides Kyles and Gladney, current Champaign Unit 4 School District Board Member Kathy Shannon has announced her candidacy. Petitions to run for either at-large city council member or mayor are now available, and must be submitted between November 21st and November 28th.

Here’s an interview with Bruno from way back in 2014. 

Top photo from City of Champaign Facebook page.

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