Kyles wins second term on Champaign council

CHAMPAIGN — Will Kyles said the next four years will be about employment, diversity and infrastructure in his city council District 1 after winning a second term on Tuesday.

He collected 213 votes to challenger Gina Jackson's 149. Jackson was trying to return to the Champaign City Council after retiring following her first term in 2009.

During the campaign, Kyles said he was taken aback by Jackson challenging him for the seat. Jackson supported Kyles in his campaign for the seat in 2009, and a big contributing factor to why he won the seat.

He said on Tuesday that Jackson's challenge will not affect his willingness to work with her on District 1 issues.

"I know that we're going to work together," Kyles said.

Kyles, the president of the Champaign County Black Chamber of Commerce, said "employment is at the top."

He said minority and women business development will continue to be a major goal of his. Solving crime and property maintenance issues in Garden Hills will be important, too, he said.

He said city finances will continue to be a concern as the state's fiscal woes threaten to trickle down to local governments.

Jackson was not immediately available for comment.

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johnny wrote on April 10, 2013 at 3:04 am

I still hope Gina runs for an at-large seat next time.

Outsidelookinin wrote on April 10, 2013 at 9:04 am

The reason Ms. Jackson was not available for comment is because she was attending the Champaign City Council meeting which Mr. Kyles was not present.  I wish him and District 1 well.