Lylian Ross elected to partial city council term; charter amendment passes

Photo courtesy of Lylian Ross Lylian Ross

Photo courtesy of Lylian Ross
Lylian Ross

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – Lylian Ross was elected to a partial city council term, through Nov. 18 in a special May 8 election, which also saw the passage of a new charter amendment.

In unofficial election results released by City Clerk Donna Breeding, Ross received 585 votes, 39 percent of the ballots cast. Carlos Salcido was second, with 518 votes (34 percent), followed by Sean Stansberry, 303 votes, (20 percent), and Rikki Varieur, 102 votes, (7 percent).

More that two thirds of voters, 1,066 in favor to 489 opposed, approved a charter amendment which allow the mayor and city council to appoint a qualified person to fill an unexpired term should a vacancy arise again, and there are no certified individuals who ran, but didn’t win a seat on the city council in the most recent election.

Ross, who has a background of community service, said she hopes to make a positive difference on the city council.

“I want what other Lincoln Park residents want: a safe and prosperous city,” Ross said. “I will work hard to address their concerns.”

Ross said the issues the city faces are not new.

“We all know there is room for new businesses, the roads are in need of attention, and many city trees are in desperate need of trimming,” she said. “Lincoln Park has taken big steps in the right direction. The city implemented a sidewalk program that started last year. Hopefully, the city can do something like that with the trees.”

Ross said her willingness to gather information on issues will help her serve the city.

“I do not have all the answers,” she said. “What I have is a determination to seek out answers and move us forward. Our leadership, volunteers, employees and citizens, working together, form a recipe for success.”

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)