Longtime incumbent Vicki Hunt is squaring off against political newcomer Brittany Burback in a runoff race to represent Peoria’s Acacia District on the City Council.
The district includes Old Town, which has become a key issue for both candidates.
Burback believes the city needs to revitalize Old Town while preserving historic properties. Hunt has in the past favored condemnations and demolitions, though she has said the city offers property owners a chance to fix up their property and avoid demolition.
Burback, a Peoria native, is a lawyer and first-time candidate. She’s one of a few Millennial candidates in local races across the Valley.
Hunt was a longtime English teacher with the Peoria Unified School District and founded the Old Town Bed and Breakfast with her husband. She was elected to two terms beginning in 2004 and elected again in 2014.
Hunt’s campaign notably outspent Burback’s. Campaign-finance reports show Hunt raised nearly $41,000, while Burback netted about $5,600.
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