The St. Clair County Board has appointed Angela Grossmann-Roewe of Belleville to fill the seat left vacant when Patricia Keeley accepted a judgeship post.
The board met in a special session Monday called specifically to appoint Grossmann-Roewe. The special meeting was necessary to fill the vacancy within a 60-day time period mandated by state law.
Grossmann-Roewe, a Democrat, said she was one of three candidates interviewed by Board Chairman Mark Kern, a Belleville Democrat. She added it was an honor to serve on the board and the county as a whole.
"When I learned the seat had been vacated, I felt compelled to step up to perform a civic duty for the district I love -- the one my husband and I both grew up in, and are now raising our children in," Grossmann-Roewe said. "I am more than honored and motivated to serve my neighbors. I want residents to be proud to live, work and play here. Raising a young family of my own, I understand the challenges people today face, and will do my best to see their concerns are voiced."
Keeley, a Belleville Democrat, resigned her seat in May to become an associate judgeship with the 20th Judicial Circuit Court. Keeley, an attorney, is filling the judgeship left vacant when Joe Christ died unexpectedly in March.
By Illinois law, an appointee to a vacancy on a county board has to be from the same political party as the person who previously held the seat. The chairman of the board nominates someone to fill the vacancy, then a majority of the board has to approve the appointment.
Public safety, property values and job growth are first and foremost on her platform, Grossmann-Roewe said.
Grossmann-Roewe now represents District 12, which encompasses a northeastern part of Belleville and a small portion of southwestern Shiloh. She has not made any reportable political contributions, according to records with the Illinois State Board of Elections.
Grossmann-Roewe is a freelance writer and photographer with a variety of publications, including the News-Democrat. She is also involved in multiple community groups, including the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Belleville, the Belleville Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of American Revolution and the Belleville Catholic Schools Picnic Committee.
She and her husband, Thomas Roewe Jr., have two sons. Her term will expire in December 2014.
Three board members, including Keeley, have resigned their seats since the November election.
Former Board Members Willie McIntosh and Carl A. Gomez, both Democrats, resigned their seats in April. Both were elected in unopposed elections in November.
McIntosh's wife, Joan I. McIntosh, was appointed to fill her husband's seat representing Washington Park and Robert L. Allen Jr. was appointed to represent Gomez's former district in Fairmont City.
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