Sandy Denes will not seek reelection to Wellington village council on this November’s ballot.
The decision was announced just after council’s June 19 meeting had adjourned and is due to a desire to spend more time with family and on other ventures, Denes said.
“Holding a council position is a job,” she said. “It takes time and commitment to do it right. I’ve given eight years and have truly enjoyed serving the village. I’m at a place in life where I want to travel more and spend extended periods of time somewhere warm and sunny in the winter. I also want to devote more time to my family.”
Denes has been a council member since 2009 and served as council president in 2016. Her term expires Dec. 31.
Mayor Hans Schneider said he was not aware of the decision until it was announced after the meeting.
“I was shocked to hear it,” he said. “That’s the first she’s shared it with us. We talked after the meeting and I can see she’s not changing her mind. There’s things she’s looking to do privately now that she’s able to do. We’re definitely going to miss her. She’s been an important and vital part of council for nearly eight years now. She’s meticulous in what she does, always prepared, always referencing back to important things with precedent. She’s been an excellent friend to this community and an excellent friend to me.”
The departing council member said she is also preparing to build a new home that may or may not be in Wellington.
She encouraged those interested in running for her seat to begin attending council meetings. Denes’ seat will be one of three up for election this year.
“That’s where everything happens and if you want to be a part of it, you should get some first-hand knowledge of what it looks like,” she said. “Committee meetings are where the actual work is done, so it’s very important to come for those too.”
Schneider seconded the importance of any prospective replacement attending council meetings.
“It’s more than just two Monday nights a month,” he said. “It’s continuous education on the village. The council packets can be well over 100 pages. It’s easy to spend a whole weekend reading them, asking questions, and reaching out to get answers. Once you’re on council, you’re on council 24 hours a day. Residents reach out to you for answers. Sandy is right. If people are interested they should be here to see what it’s all about.”
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