New face is expected on Kane Borough Council

Carl “Bill” Tunall Jr. is expected to win election in two weeks as a new member of the Kane Borough Council.Tunall will be listed on the ballot Tuesday, Nov. 8 along with incumbent Councilwomen Janet Bard and Holly Harris and Council President Kane. Tunall, Harris and Kane are Democrats. Bard is a Republican.Since there are four seats up for election, Tunall and the three incumbents are expected to win because they are the only four candidates listed on the ballot.Current Councilman Mike Merry, a Republican, failed to file nominating petitions for the May primary and his name is not on the ballot. He said Monday that he is “not actively campaigning” for re-election as a write-in candidate. However, he believes some Kane residents may plan to write in his name for a council seat.Tunall said he is seeking election to council to “work for the people.”“I see things around here that need to get done,” Tunall said. “Too many things have been put aside.”Tunall said several neighbors and friends have “asked to me to run” for a seat on the seven-member council, which governs the borough. He said one of his neighbors is Bob O’Rourke, a former member of the Kane Borough Council.“If people have problems, I want to work to try to solve them,” Tunall said.Tunall plans to play an active role as a council member.“I’ll definitely speak up,” Tunall said. “I’m not going to just sit there. I want to work for the people.”Tunall said he often “hears people complaining” about the lack of action on borough issues.“It seems as though they’re letting stuff slide,” Tunall said. “I see too many people sitting around doing nothing. A lot of simple things are not getting done.”Tunall admits that he is “bull-headed” and vows to “say it like it is” when discussing borough business at the council meetings.Tunall is seeking public office for the first time. However, he said he is very familiar with the borough operation.For six years in the 1980s, he served as foreman of the borough Streets Department. He said he attended most council meetings as the department head.See full article by purchasing the Oct. 25 edition of The Kane Republican.