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Fairview Heights Ward 1 Alderman candidate: Kevin Sheridan

Name: Kevin Sheridan

City of residence: Fairview Heights

Age: 56

Family status: Married

Education: Belleville Area College, carpentry journeyman certification and qualified millwright certification

Occupation: construction professional

Political party: Independent

Office sought: Fairview Heights Ward 1 alderman

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What qualifies you for this position?

“My diverse background as a construction professional for 30 years coupled with my education, training and leadership ability will give me a clear advantage over my opponent. My supervisory skills in coordinating various trades to work as a team in the implementation of building, maintenance, design build, contract and safety requirements better qualify me to be appointed to various committees such as planning, TIF, finance and contract negotiations. Having worked on multi-million dollar projects in supervisor positions that have superseded Fairview’s annual budget I will have a better understanding of the city’s budgetary issues, union labor contract obligations, workers compensation and liability issues. Based on these factors, I am confident that I am the better suited candidate to represent Ward 1 and move the city’s re-development and comprehensive plans forward.”

What is the top issue in your race, and how would you address it?

“As there are many issues facing our city as a whole, I will elaborate on two of the many.

“1. Accessibility to residents is of the utmost importance. Currently a vast majority of Ward 1 residents believe they are under-represented by their current alderman. I will be available by phone or e-mail for residents and will work to resolve their issues in a timely fashion.

“2. The re-development of the west end, which includes St. Clair Ave/161 corridor has a daily vehicle average of 23,000 and a daily Metro Link average ridership of 1,300 and a parking capacity of 900 vehicles. We as a city must work to capture the potential revenue of this traffic by investing, re-developing and encouraging growth in this area. I will work with our current city leaders, county and state agencies to bring business and growth to the depressed west end.”