O'Fallon Progress

O’Fallon alderman says he’s running for mayor in 2017

Gary Graham
Gary Graham

O’Fallon Ward 4 Alderman Herb Roach announced on Thursday that he will run for mayor in 2017.

Roach, who has served as an alderman since April 2011, will face Mayor Gary Graham and possibly other candidates.

“The city has been so good to me and my family throughout my life,” Roach said.

“I want everyone to benefit from the same quality of life that has brought so many families to O'Fallon over its 163-year history.”

Graham, who has served as mayor since 1997, said he was not surprised by Roach’s announcement.

Graham also confirmed on Thursday that he plans to seek re-election.

“Everybody wants competition,” he said.

Everybody wants competition.

O’Fallon Mayor Gary Graham said.

It might become a hotly contested election between Roach and Graham.

The two recently debated the city’s purchase of air conditioning units for city hall and the public safety building from Trane.

Roach said he did not understand why we would not want to do business with local companies, or at least give them a chance to bid.

“We have four air conditioning companies in just our city,” he said. “We are just going with this one bid from Maryland that was posted in Hawaii and Oregon. It just doesn't make good sense.”

Graham said Roach’s complaints boil down to Roach, whom he expects will oppose him in the upcoming mayoral election.

“That’s okay,” Graham said. “He can say anything he wants.”

Roach said he decided to run for mayor after months of talking with O’Fallon residents about the future of city and their current concerns.

“During the next few months, I will be visiting 1,000's of of our city's homes so that I can introduce myself and listen to their suggestions and questions,” he said.

Roach is a native of O’Fallon. He and his wife, Nancy, raised their three children Lea, Kate and Todd in O’Fallon.

Roach, who is a graduate of Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, was a senior vice president with Heartland Bank.

Roach has over 40 years of executive management experience with manufacturing, distribution and financial organizations with experience in business development, budgets, organizational development and strategic planning. In addition, Roach and his wife started and operated a business in O’Fallon for 20 years.

For over 30 years Roach has been actively involved in volunteering his time and effort through many civic and charitable boards and committees on the local, state and national level.

He is a former member and chairman of employer Advisory Board to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Roach also is a former member and president of District 90 School Board, member of the State of Illinois Board of Education, where he served as chair of the Technology Committee.

Roach is a past member of the board of directors for the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, former member of Greater St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association’s work development committee, past member and president of the board of directors of O’Fallon Township High School and District 203 Endowment Fund.

Roach currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lindenwood University where he has served on the Facilities, Strategic Planning and Finance committees; is a member of the Art’s and Education Advisory panel which serves counties in Illinois and Missouri; is a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus.