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Morton Times-News - Morton, IL
  • Durflinger not running for reelection

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  • After eight years as the Mayor of Morton, Norm Durflinger is ready to move on.
    Durflinger announced Thursday at the Morton Rotary Club that he will not seek re-election in the spring.
    Durflinger, who was elected mayor in 2005, said that the choice to not run again was not made because of health problems, personal reasons, his family or not liking the position anymore. In fact, he added that his family wanted him to run and that he loves being mayor.
    He said that he is not running for re-election because of his belief in term limits and that he thinks it's time for a new mayor with a new vision for the village.
    "When I decided to run eight years ago, I decided to only run for eight years no matter how much I loved the mayor's position," Durflinger said.
    He added that he has been a public servant for 43 years and he is ready to make a change into being a family servant.
    During Durflinger's term as mayor, a new fire station was built on Courtland.
    In addition, Morton and Tiantai, China, became official sister cities and Zhejiang Yinlun Machinery Co. opened its North American headquarters in Morton.
    Durflinger has made two trips to China in the past few years to try and solidify relationships with Chinese businesses and bring them to Morton.
    Stephen Newhouse, a current village trustee, told the Morton Times-News that he will be running for mayor in the spring.
    Meanwhile, both Sam Heer and Jeff Kaufman have picked up packets to continue as village trustees.
    Trustee Ginger Hermann said she is "considering all possibilities as to how I can best serve my community."
    Hermann's third term as trustee ends in the spring. She plans to have a decision after a trip at the end of the month.
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