Four people apply for Batavia 7th Ward city council seat

Four people have applied to become a 7th Ward alderman in Batavia.

The mayor and city council will interview them at a committee-of-the-whole meeting Tuesday night. The meeting is open to the public.

Afterward, the aldermen will discuss them in a closed-door session and make a recommendation to Mayor Jeffery Schielke for appointment.

The applicants are:

• Robin Barraza, the vice president of Batavia's Historical Preservation Commission. She has lived in Batavia for six years. She did not list an occupation on her application.

• Kirk Kilker, who has lived in Batavia for 22 years. He is a retired executive with Liberty Mutual Insurance and founded Chicagoland Brews Cruise, which promotes craft breweries, according to his application. He said he has volunteered with Batavia Youth Football, the Batavia Moose Lodge, and Batavia Covenant Church.

• Robert Kieckhefer, an 18-year resident. His application states he is a retired health care insurance executive, and before that, he was a journalist for 29 years for United Press International. He has volunteered with Batavia's fireworks show committee.

• Karie Badgley, department head for testing and instrumentation at Fermilab. She is also an adjunct physics instructor at Elgin Community College. Badgley has lived in Batavia for eight years.

The person chosen will replace Keenan Miller, who quit in October. They will serve until the April 2025 consolidated election.

Batavia seeks new 7th Ward alderman

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