Third Ward alderman Keith Kennett is being challenged by former Geneseo alderman Karen West in the March 18 city election.
Mrs. West has challenged Mr. Kennett for the 3rd Ward seat in three previous elections including 2008, when she lost by one vote. She ran unopposed for the second 3rd Ward seat in 2009.
Mrs. West stated her top priority is to re-establish the citizen boards that were replaced three years ago by the council meeting as a committee of the whole.
"The citizens of Geneseo are our greatest resource," she said.
"I know this community and the people; I have a strong sense of caring and regard for our city's residents, its employees, its welfare and healthfulness," she continued.
"Vote for open and honest communication, vote for a positive approach to moving the community forward, vote for team players committed to doing what is best for the community as described by the voice of the people; not by personal political agendas," she urged. "Vote to promote an enhanced sense of respectability, decency, honorability and professionalism in our city government."
Six-term alderman Mr. Kennett said he is running for re-election to continue the positive direction the city is headed.
Specifics he named were well-audited finances, balanced budgets, business growth, identification/completion of needed road/infrastructure repairs as well as maintenance and improvement of parks, cemeteries and downtown.
"We've worked hard to turn things around in Geneseo from where we were just a few years ago," he said. "It's a privilege to work for the citizens, and I'm proud to work with a mayor and city council that are focused on working harmoniously for the common good of our entire community."
"The ability to focus on moving the city forward, without the hurdles imposed by in-fighting, negativity and hidden agendas of a few in our community, is a responsibility we all share when we cast our vote," he added. "My actions and decisions will always remain grounded in what's best for our entire community."
Name: Keith Kennett Age: 52 Family: Wife Kim; two daughters Education: Attended Triton College Occupation: Business owner, technical consultant Party: Nonpartisan Political experience: 3rd Ward alderman since 2002 Most important issue: Continue positive direction
Name: Karen West Age: 62 Family: Husband Duane; two daughters, two grandchildren, all of Geneseo Education: Orion High School Occupation: Henry County Deputy Circuit Clerk 26 years Party: Republican Political experience: Geneseo alderman 2009-11 Most important issue: To re-establish citizen boards