Our city will be led by a Ray Soliman, a man who has spent years pushing for open government and calling on the city to follow the proper procedures. I feel strongly that Mayor Soliman will lead the city with a strong sense of ethics and care for citizens. I am sure I will disagree with some of his decisions and positions, but I look forward to having a Mayor who will treat all citizens with fairness.
Aldermen Dyke, Lelis, and Convery were re-elected. Lelis and Convery have been very outspoken on pushing for city government to be more responsive and for the Council and Mayor to work together to improve Crest Hill. They have also both been very strong advocates for the interests of their wards. Alderman Dyke is a very level-headed and practical member of the Council. He did not take on the corruption of the past four years head on, but he has always conducted himself independently of the disputes among other members of the Council. These three aldermen will serve the city well for the next four years.
The third ward, where I live, elected a new alderman, Neal Sternisha. I have had the chance to get to know Neal and talk with him on many occasions and look forward to having him as my alderman and also look forward to what he will bring to the Council as a whole. In particular his professional background in the water and wastewater fields is of particular value to a city facing massive capital outlays to improve our own systems in those areas. In addition, he is someone who has spoken out for the need for more ethical government in Crest Hill and stood up to a brutal campaign financed by Nick Churnovic.
This is truly a bright new day in Crest Hill. I hope that all of those who won election tonight remember that it was the desire of the people of Crest Hill for a more ethical and open government that got them elected. I will be looking forward to seeing a better government, but also will be looking to see Crest Hill move forward and continue to develop to its full potential.