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City councilman resigns in Dixon

Tucker moves outside city; elected in 2015

Mitch Tucker
Mitch Tucker

DIXON – First-term Dixon Councilman Mitch Tucker, who has moved outside the city limits and into rural Dixon, submitted his resignation Friday.

Council members are required to live within city boundaries.

“It’s been a pleasure trying to help the citizens of town, and I greatly enjoyed doing it,” said Tucker, 36, adding that he is looking forward to spending more time with his family and building his business, Dixon Paint Co., which he has owned for 6 years.

Tucker, elected in April 2015, announced in November that he would not be running for re-election in April. Councilman Chris Bishop also is not seeking a second term.

Their 2-year terms now become 4-year terms under the new city manager form of government, which was instituted in the wake of the $53 million embezzlement by former city Comptroller Rita Crundwell.

Three candidates – former city commissioner Dennis Considine, former Lee County Board member Ryan Marshall, and newcomer JD Grant – will be vying for the two open seats.

Councilman Kevin Marx, who was appointed to replace Jesse Arjes in July 2015, is running unopposed to fill the 2-year remainder of his term.

“I think as a whole, we have done a great job of getting things done, and I think the council is moving in the right direction,” Tucker said. “Overall, I’m proud of what we’ve done.”

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