By Jonathan Copsey / Beacon Newspaper
Add one more battle to this year’s election cycle – Milton Councilman Bill Lusk has a challenger...
Add one more battle to this year’s election cycle – Milton Councilman Bill Lusk has a challenger. Unofficially. Al Trevillyan, a retired research chemist, has declared that he will be a write-in candidate against Lusk.
Trevillyan moved to Milton in 1998 and says that he is running out of concern for the rural character he loved so much.
“I’ve seen what has been going on around here and I just couldn’t let Mr. Lusk run unchallenged,” said Trevillyan. “My family and I moved to the Milton area because of its rural character. I have seen the high density growth in areas surrounding Milton over a short period of time and do not want to see that happen in Milton.”
Trevillyan has served in numerous municipal positions in Illinois, including the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Economic Development Commission, and in Milton the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC). He has done municipal volunteer work as well, including the Naperville, Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Alpharetta Police Department. He served as a member of a District of Columbia-based environmental impact committee and was the liaison between Research and Development and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He’s definitely no stranger to hard work or volunteering.
So why did Trevillyan not file along with the rest of the candidates last week? He said he became concerned about the lack of any challengers to Lusk, and felt it his duty to do something about it.
Bill Lusk was quick to point out that Trevillyan was Lusk’s own appointee to the CPAC, and one he replaced last year for good reason. “I thought we could get more unbiased representation from someone else,” said Lusk of the replacement. “He follows the agenda and policies of a special interest group in the city.”
“I think my record speaks for itself,” Lusk said. “I challenge him and anybody else to give me a clear example of where development has overrun this city in the last three years and where I promoted it. Baseless accusations. They’re False. Lies.”