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Posted April 25, 2012 | comments Leave a comment

Familiar face headed back to Woodstock Council

By Sally Voth - svoth@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK -- Four years after being voted out of office, Michael Funkhouser is pretty much guaranteed a seat back on the Town Council.

He is one of three candidates vying for three seats. Incumbents Alicia Gutshall and Jacqueline Lambert are running for re-election, while Ed Munden is not.

The 45-year-old president of Haun-Magruder Insurance in Woodstock said the current council members were doing a good job. He previously served on the Town Council for five years.

"What I would like to see is for us to look forward and be forward thinking in how we approach town government, and be proactive as opposed to reactive in situations," Funkhouser said. "I'm looking forward to getting to work. It's a privilege to serve, and I'm happy to do it."

Lambert, a legal secretary at Grabill & Cook in downtown, is seeking her second term.

"I enjoy what I'm doing, and I feel like we're doing a good job," the 62-year-old said. "One of the main issues always is budget concerns. We try to keep the cost down and that's always a challenge."

At 86, Munden said he's "too old" to run for office again, although he said he loves it.

"I hate not going again," he said. "I've been involved in politics for about 50 years. It's just part of me."

Munden's college roommate asked him to work for him when he ran for the U.S. Senate. That roommate, John Tower, won, and Munden was his administrative assistant.

"I think [the current council members] have turned things around, but there certainly should've been some competition along the way," he said.

Munden said he'd have liked to have seen some signs or ads "to let people know that [the] Town Council of Woodstock is not something you just sign up for."

"I will miss it," he added. "I certainly will speak up if I feel like I need to."

Gutshall couldn't be reached for comment.

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