ELGIN - Two candidates will go head-to-head in a general election in April, as they each vie for the seat as council member for Ward 4 on the Elgin City Council.
One candidate who filed, Michael Ellis, has resided in Elgin since 1984 and is recently retired as a Software Engineer from CACI out of Lawton. His wife Loretto is a retired teacher from Elgin Public Schools. Recruited by community members by word of mouth, Michael said he had no actual agenda for filing other than wanting to serve the community.
"I've enjoyed living here. Elgin is a great place to live and I just want to give back," Michael said. "I'm freshly retired so I have the time to work on things."
According to Michael the main reason he was "emboldened" to run was because Patrick Croke, current council member for Ward 4, did not file for another term.
Informed that Elgin's sewage lagoon is currently under a consent order from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Michael said he is aware that it's a huge concern for the city that needs to be addressed quickly. Michael said he has close contacts that he feels could possibly assist with obtaining grants that could help the City of Elgin with much needed improvements.
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