A first-time candidate took the top spot in the Huntley village board election Tuesday, a race that featured four candidates vying for three seats.
Unofficial vote totals from Kane and McHenry counties show community activist Ronda Goldman leading the field with 1,366 votes, ahead of incumbent trustee John Piwko who had 1,300 votes and plan commission member JR Westberg with 1,270 votes. Former trustee Javant "Jay" Kadakia trailed the field with 1,189 votes.
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Goldman attributed her victory to her community involvement and her belief that residents of Sun City wanted another representative on the board.
"The voters want me to work on economic growth and increased choice; more choices for people to shop, eat and work," Goldman said.
Piwko, who has been on the board for six years, said his focus will continue to be improvements in transportation in and around the village, especially with sidewalks and bike paths. His main project would be creating east and west routes to alleviate traffic on Route 47.
Westberg said he would work to bring more light industry to the village. He has said his main goal is to keep taxes down for the residents by keeping the property tax levy frozen, securing more businesses and jobs, and encouraging developers to pay more of the expense for their projects.