October 26, 2014

Edgerton citizens vie for council seats

Corbin H. Crable
chcrable@gardnernews.com

Four candidates will be vying for three open seats on the Edgerton City Council in April’s general election.

The terms of incumbents Clay Longanecker, Jody Brown and Ken Gillespie end this spring; Mayor Don Roberts and council members Glyn Powers and Heidi Wiseman will remain in office until 2013.

Longanecker, Brown and Gillespie all have filed to run again. Joining them will be a familiar face to Edgerton residents – former Mayor Frances ‘Frankie’ Cross, who preceded Roberts as Edgerton mayor.

Longanecker, who was elected to terms in 2003 and 2007, currently serves as the council president, presiding over meetings of the governing body in Roberts’ stead. Longanecker is currently working with Roberts to interview candidates for interim city administrator. The successful candidate will take the reins from City Administrator David Dillner, whose last day with the city is Feb. 7.

Both Gillespie and Brown are council appointees – Gillespie was appointed by Cross in January 2009 and Brown was appointed by Roberts in September 2009.

Cross’s term as mayor saw the opening of the Edgerton Public Library after a lengthy battle between city and county officials. Old newspaper photos show Cross assisting with the project during its construction phase.

Longanecker, Brown and Gillespie, meanwhile, have been among those city officials closest to the development and impending arrival of the  intermodal facility. Gillespie represented the council last fall during annexation talks with Gardner city officials.

The general election will take place April 5.

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