Longtime Dieterich village trustee Steve Kibler says his experience makes him the best candidate for the village board in this year's election cycle.
Kibler, 64, is seeking a fifth term in the April 7 election. He is the only incumbent running for another term.
Kibler noted that he has been present at many civic milestones in recent years.
"I was there when they passed zoning, as well as the first residential TIF (Tax Increment Financing) area," he said. "I have the experience, as well as a degree in administration."
Kibler said the top issue facing Dieterich is the challenge of maintaining village growth, whether industrial or residential.
"We also need to work with the school district to keep enrollment up," he said.
Kibler said his top goals during the next term include extending the life of the village's TIF districts; increasing the size of an industrial park that is almost full; and continuing to develop new housing subdivisions.
Kibler grew up in Dieterich before earning bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Illinois University. He taught junior high science in Newton for 34 years before "retiring" into civic involvement. Not only is he on the village board, but he is also on the board of the Dieterich Community Development Corporation — a post that he said serves him well in his capacity as a village trustee.
"I am able to work both sides of the fence with DCDC," he said.
Kibler is a also a retired Dieterich firefighter, past potentate of Ainad Shrine, secretary of the Winterrowd Masonic Lodge in Dieterich and a member of the Watson United Methodist Church.
Kibler and wife Diane have two grown children, as well as one grandchild, with another on the way.
Bill Grimes, Daily News