JOLIET – The Rev. Frank Edmon Jr., a new board member for Joliet Township High School District 204, said he never felt like he lost the April election.
Edmon, a pastor at Lively Hope Church of God in Christ, was among four candidates vying for three seats on the District 204 Board but came in last with 4,632 votes.
However, the support and the experience were important, he said, and when the opportunity arose to apply for a board seat, he took it.
“I really won because of the all the support I received during the campaign and me running. And I experienced a lot and learned a lot by going around and hearing everyone’s concerns,” Edmon said.
Edmon now joins re-elected board member Tracey Spesia and newcomers Mary “Meg” Cappel and Angel Contreras, all of whom won board seats in the election.
Another seat had become vacant after Don Dickinson was elected to the Joliet City Council in the election.
Edmon said he was going to run again. When the spot opened up, he felt he had to apply.
Nine candidates applied, and Edmon was chosen by the board May 31 to be its new member. Other candidates who applied include Racheal Ventura, Wesley Russell, John Sikes, Mike Clark, Tanya Arias, Suzanna Ibarra, Alex Rodriquez and Sanina Campbell.
At Wednesday’s special board meeting, Edmon took the oath of office.
“They welcomed me with open arms,” he said.
Besides being a pastor at Lively Hope Church of God in Christ, he also is a member of the Joliet Region Interfaith Education Council, District 204 officials said in a news release. JRIEC works with District 204 to encourage students and families to use community and school resources, according to its Facebook page.
Edmon said he wants to work to bridge the gap between the schools, teachers and parents. He said many parents might not be aware of all the resources offered by the schools.
“I look forward to working with the board to continue the communication with the community – with all the communities [and] with all the parents,” Edmon said.