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Mayor seeks re-election, other incumbents are not in Westfield

WESTFIELD — Village Mayor Michael VandeVelde has announced his intention to run for re-election in March.

“I have been humbled and encouraged by the number of people urging me to run for another term,” he said. “I am proud of what has been accomplished over the past eight years working together with the members of the village board, our fantastic employees and our business, civic and spiritual leaders. I am excited at the prospect of an opportunity to move past the pandemic of the last year and get back to moving the village forward.”

During his time as mayor, VandeVelde said officials have engaged with the community, developed regional partnerships and instituted a multiyear budgeting process, allowing them to rebuild a surplus and address long-delayed projects and other infrastructure improvements.

“As I make my intention known to run for re-election, it is with great disappointment I announce that longtime board members Robert Cochran and Alan Holbrook will not be seeking re-election,” VandeVelde said. “These men share my vision and enthusiasm for our great village of Westfield. They will be sorely missed. I thank them for their time on the board. I would encourage residents of the village to step forward and run for one of these trustee positions. Being elected a trustee will give you a great deal of civic pride. Please contact either Tom Tarpley or Judy Einach to be considered for the ballot.”

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