City Clerk Mark Kupsky defeated City Council members Joshua Frawley and Speed Allen Jr. in their bids to replace five-term Mayor Gail Mitchell as Fairview Heights’ mayor.
Mitchell has served as mayor for 20 years.
Kupsky, 56, was elected alderman in 1987. He served for seven years, then he was elected city treasurer and then clerk.
“I have some very large shoes to fill. Mayor Mitchell served for a long time and was very well-liked,” Kupsky said.
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Kupsky thanked the voters.
“I look forward to serving the people and doing some great things for Fairview Heights,” Kupsky said. “I want to develop collaborative relationships with the City Council that will help our city continue to grow and develop,” Kupsky said.
Frawley, 26, owns a small business and serves as an alderman.
Allen, 67, has served two terms as alderman.
Neither Frawley nor Allen could immediately be reached for comment.
The preliminary vote totals were: