Voters in Sandwich's Ward 2 will have a new representative on the city council as a result of Tuesday's balloting.
Voters elected Kevin Kelleher to a four year term on the board with 114 votes. He edged out incumbent alderman David Fraser with 98 votes and Cynthia C. Prohl with 87 votes.
Kelleher, 62, is a retired electrical contractor who is currently serving on the city's planning commission and zoning board. He and his wife have also organized the Sandwich Freedom Days festival for the past five years.
Responding to a Record candidate questionnaire, Kelleher said he decided to run for alderman because he believes the city "needs someone who can actively work as a team player with fresh new ideas, drive and motivation. Having recently retired I will be active and devote the time needed to get things done. I have a very strong desire to help Sandwich move forward for the future."
Asked what differentiated him from the other candidates in the race, Kelleher responded, "Before moving to Sandwich in 1993 I was active with the City of Warrenville where we developed a successful TIF district known as the Cantera Development. I was also instrumental in the upgrading of the building codes. I will work with the council, citizens and business owners to move Sandwich forward in the right direction."
Also in his questionnaire, Kelleher identified the city's infrastructure, deteriorating roads and sidewalks and police facilities among the many challenges the city now faces that will be his top priority as alderman. He explained, "This will require careful and resourceful planning along with creative funding to which I will work diligently to pursue."