Democrat announces aldermanic candidacy

Democrat announces aldermanic candidacy

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

Democrat Jeff Holt announced his candidacy for Rockford City Council alderman Dec. 6 during a chili dinner at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 23.

In 1997, Holt ran for the same city council position but lost by 27 votes. He was appointed to the county board in 1997 and was elected in 1998. He is presently the deputy treasurer and office manager for Winnebago County Treasurer Sue Goral. He obtained the position in 1999 when Doug Aurand retired. He also has volunteered for organizations including United Way and the American Cancer Society.

Holt, 22, said his age makes no difference, and his experience affirms what he can accomplish on city council. Holt and his wife, Michelle, own a home on South 5th Street. Holt stated that owning a house in the ward proves his vested interest in the area.

Holt said he wants to become alderman because the 11th ward has its share of problems, and he wants to tackle them and also promote the positive aspects of the ward.

“I believe that together the residents of the 11th ward and I can do more,” he stated. “Rockford’s 11th ward has some serious challenges, and already I’ve enjoyed talking with my neighbors in the ward and hearing their concerns.”

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