Audrey Love

Elgin Mayor Allan Duffy has secured his third term as the city’s mayor, according to unofficial results for Union County’s 2018 general election. After an uncontested race last election cycle, Duffy faced competition from Jon Rutherford but ultimately prevailed with 65.56 percent of the vote compared to Rutherford’s 33.74 percent.

“I’m very grateful. Thank you to the great citizens of Elgin for putting their trust in me and giving me two more years,” Duffy said. “I think I have a proven track record and (this re-election) shows the confidence the community (has in me).”

An Elgin resident for 11 years, Duffy has been involved with city government since 2011 when he served on the city’s planning commission. He was later appointed to a city council position following a vacancy and served for the next year and a half before eventually running and being elected to a four-year term as a city councilman. After serving two of those four years, Duffy ran for mayor and successfully defeated incumbent John Stover to begin the first of his two terms as mayor.

“It’s been exciting. It’s an honor and a privilege when people vote for you to serve them and carry out the business of the city,” Duffy told The Observer in a previous article. “It’s satisfying when you can make changes and make things better. I think I’ve done some great things with the city staff and the rest of the city council. We’ve made some great progress.”

Examples of the progress Duffy noted include re-establishing Elgin’s municipal court system and ordinance officer position, the construction and grand opening of a health clinic, various infrastructure projects such as recent sidewalk construction and a $3.5 million sewer project and establishing a new subdivision — the largest housing growth in the city in more than 30 years.

As for this term, Duffy wants to “continue the progress we’ve started,” work that hasn’t slowed even during the election season.

“(Work) hasn’t stopped. You just keep moving forward, and that’s what we’ve done,” he said.

“We’ve concentrated on and reduced our debt by quite a bit. We’re still under what (the city) had in debt before (I took) office four years ago, even with the purchase of the new city hall building.”

Within the last two weeks, Elgin’s city offices transitioned into a larger building. At the next city council meeting, the city will transfer the lease of the former city hall building to the Elgin Museum. Duffy predicts that after the museum officially takes over the space and conducts minor changes to the building/layout, a tentative opening can be set for sometime this summer.

See more in Wednesday's edition of The Observer.