April 01, 2014 | 10:29 PMFONTANA — The village board will have a new face later this month. David Prudden was elected April 1 and will replace Trustee Cindy Wilson.
Incumbents Patrick Kenny and Rick Pappas will remain on the board. Two other candidates, Todd Reschke and Tom Whowell, were both defeated at the polls April 1.
Wilson didn’t run for re-election, after serving for two terms on the board. For more about Wilson, see page 3B.
Pappas said he was surprised that Whowell wasn’t elected to the board. Whowell is a former trustee and village president.
“I want to thank the residents of Fontana for the vote of confidence in the job I have done representing them for the last two years,” Pappas said after the results came in Tuesday night. “I look forward to the next two years.”
Pappas said he had prepared an acceptance statement just prior to the polls closing, but he didn’t prepare a concession statement.
Kenny said he’s happy, not surprised by the results of the election.
“I look forward to working with Rick and with David Prudden,” he said. “I hope David will have some fresh ideas to bring to the board.”
Kenny said he thought Pappas would be re-elected.
“Between David and Tom, I wasn’t sure,” he said.
Reschke, who earned 79 votes at the polls, hadn’t heard the results when the Regional News called him around 9 p.m.
He said he will “absolutely try again” for a seat on the board.
“I knew that it being my first time (running for a seat) it would be a difficult challenge,” he said.
Neither Prudden nor Whowell could be reached on election night for comment about the results.
Prudden has been a full-time Fontana resident for two years and a property owner in the village for 24 years.
He said in an earlier interview with the Regional News that he wanted to be a “trustee working with the people.”
“I was a firefighter for nine years,” Prudden said. “I really like the people here in Fontana,” he said.
“I really like the lakefront and I like the business owners. Fontana offers that mix of environment for everyone. It’s a wonderful place to live.”
In an interview last month, Whowell said the current composition of the board was in “pretty good shape.”
“I’ve been off of it for seven years. I see that government can kind of wear you down if you stay in too long,” he said in March.
Whowell is also a member of the library board and the board of review.