A Few Clouds
71°FA Few CloudsFull Forecast

Mayor Bender’s tenure

Published: Sunday, April 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

It was a roller-coaster of emotions during election night. I had vested interest, considering my dad is Ed Bender. I was optimistic. Optimism slowly turned to frustration/disappointment. He spent countless hours in meetings, breakfasts, etc. To see it not validated was frustrating.

Emotions gave way to appreciation. His tenure as mayor/trustee has many accomplishments. Some include the Lakefront Park, new police station and village hall, turning the budget from a deficit into a surplus, more sidewalks, street lights, and a new 911 center, Venetian Night, and I’m sure there are more.

Adversaries may not like his vision, but they cannot deny his leadership/dedication.

I’m disappointed for many, but not dad. Disappointed for people who worked with him, the visitors who will not be able to enjoy the Fox Lake experience because there isn’t a place to stay in town. Disappointed for losing a lot of sales taxes that a hotel/other business generate, which help roads, schools, etc.; disappointed for the businesses that won’t benefit from people coming into town; disappointed for weddings/ceremonies that will not happen at the new hotel; disappointed for the adversaries that came by on election night. That was truly classless/pathetic. Lastly, I’m disappointed for all the time/effort that he put in without the final results.

I want to thank you, Dad, for all you have done. We have met many great people. Great job, Dad.

Dan Bender

Fox Lake

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

More News

Reader Poll

How often do you shop at dollar stores?
Frequently
Sometimes
Rarely
Never