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Too early for 2013 campaign in Hoffman Estates?
By Ashok Selvam | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 1/29/2010 12:01 AM

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Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod ran uncontested last year, but that didn't prevent Trustee Cary Collins on Monday from bringing up the 2013 election.

The board unanimously approved a three-year contract for the Sears Centre to switch ticket vendors. While discussing the matter, Collins said that Sears Centre contracts should match the duration left on the mayor's term.

McLeod's four-year term would expire in 2013 and Collins said any challengers elected may not like the decisions made by the current board and should be afforded flexibility. Immediately after those remarks, Collins pledged that he would campaign for McLeod and Trustee Karen Mills in 2013. Collins has previously said he isn't interested in running for another term, and that he's more interested in becoming a judge. His trustee term expires in 2011.

For Mills, who also ran unopposed last year, Collins' remarks were a bit of a surprise. The two have at times been at odds. That led Mills to say Collins remarks were "getting kind of thick."