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Who will be next mayor of Bradley?

May 1, 2019

BRADLEY — Bradley Trustee Mike Watson was the mayor pro tem at Monday’s special Bradley Village Board meeting.

There is a strong chance he will soon be voted in by the village board colleagues as the next mayor to serve out the remaining two years of the term vacated Friday by Mayor Bruce Adams, who resigned.

Adams cited health issues as the reason for serving only half of his four-year term.

After Monday’s meeting, Watson was asked if he would accept the nomination for mayor.

“I would certainly consider it if the board sought me for this position,” he said.

Watson ran for Bradley mayor in 2013 and again in 2017. In both campaigns he lost out to Adams.

However, in April, Watson, the leader of the Progressive Citizens Party, won his re-election campaign as trustee and also helped bring into office three other Progressive Citizens members.

The Progressive Citizens now control five of the six village board seats. The sixth board member is Bob Redmond, a Democrat.

A vote on an acting mayor could take place as early as May 13, when the next village board meeting is scheduled.

Watson, 57, is a 1980 graduate of Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School. He also is the president of the waste hauling company, United Disposal of Bradley

Watson has past mayoral experience. He served as mayor of tiny Sammons Point in Kankakee County from 2006-12.