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New president for North Hudson

Larry Larsen, left, and George Klein

The village of North Hudson will have a new president in the spring.

Larry Larsen, who has served as president of the Board of Trustees since April 2003, filed for non-candidacy as required by the Dec. 26 deadline.

A veteran incumbent has thrown his hat in the ring to replace Larsen. Village Administrator Gloria Troester said last week that trustee George Klein has filed to run for board president.

"I never thought I would become involved in local government," said Klein in a telephone conversation Tuesday. "But I was elected to the board in 2002 and I like it."

Klein said that Larsen is retiring from the board because his new position as human resources manager at OEM Fabricators Inc. has taken up more of his time.

"Larry has been grooming me for the job lately, and all the board members have encouraged me to run for president," said Klein, who retired from 3M in March of 2007.

Klein said his philosophy for presiding over the village government was simply "hire the best people and let them do their jobs. And I think we've done that."

Incumbents Marc Zappa, Joe Cothern and Colleen O'Brien-Berglund have filed the necessary papers to run for another term in April.

Klein's current term as trustee runs until April 2010 so if he fails to win the presidency, he will continue serving on the board. If he is elected, Klein will in turn have to appoint somebody to fill his vacated trustee spot.

No additional candidates had filed for positions on the ballot at the deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday.