A battle with prostate cancer and a busy schedule have prompted City Councilman Scott Hente to think deeply about whether to seek re-election in 2009.
Following prostate surgery, the 55-year-old spent the month of April recovering. He still will need blood tests over the next few years to ensure the cancer is completely gone, but so far his prognosis looks good.
"I think it changes your perspective when you've had cancer," Hente says. "It makes you think about what's really important."
The councilman says he's been open to talking about his struggle, and has been surprised by how many men in the city have gone through the same thing. He's also been pleased that his experience has encouraged others to think more about their health.
"I've had several come up to me and say, "You forced me to go to the doctor and get some tests done,'" he says.
Beyond his health, Hente says he's also been thinking about how the commitments of being on Council affect his work. A developer, he will have one of his homes featured in the Parade of Homes this year and that's meant lots of extra hours. He also wants to spend more time with his family, particularly his wife and grandchildren.
But Hente says he does enjoy being on Council, and he'll make a decision on a run some time in the fall. He was initially elected to City Council in 2003, and then re-elected in 2005 to a four-year term.
"I love doing this. I like being part of the city," he says. "None of my hesitation has anything to do with a dissatisfaction."
Among others with terms expiring in 2009, Council members Darryl Glenn and Jerry Heimlicher have already announced that they will seek re-election. Margaret Radford will be term-limited in 2009; former Councilman Bernie Herpin, who served for a year before losing his seat in 2007 to Jan Martin, plans to run for Radford's seat.