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New face joins Huntley board

Nick Hanson, right, edged out incumbent Jay Kadakia for one of three open spots on the Huntley Village Board during Tuesday's election. (Lawerence Synett/TribLocal)

Nick Hanson, right, edged out incumbent Jay Kadakia for one of three open spots on the Huntley Village Board during Tuesday's election. (Lawerence Synett/TribLocal)

The Huntley Village Board has two familiar faces rejoining its ranks and a fresh face eager to give the town an economic boost by helping move forward on major construction projects.

Newcomer Nick Hanson, a commercial and industrial general contractor and adjunct professor at McHenry County College, edged out incumbent Jay Kadakia for one of three open spots, according to unofficial election results.  Others candidates were JR Westberg and Rosa DeMaertelaere.

“I was voted in because I am something new and different,” Hanson said. “My goal is to work with the board to make Huntley a destination for franchises and businesses, both statewide and nationally. It should be a great next four years.”

Harry Leopold, with 25 percent of the vote, was elected to his third term and Niko Kanakaris, with 21 percent, was elected to his second. Hanson received 18 percent of the vote.

All agree that the widening of Route 47, scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, will create opportunities to attract new business. Work on the interchange at I-90 off Route 47 is scheduled to being in 2012.

“We need to attract more industrial and retail businesses in town,” Leopold said. “It’s time to get to work and get some things done that need to be finished up.”

Remaining fiscally responsible is a top priority, Kanakaris said.

“We will continue to budget financially, but make sure residents are receiving the same services they always have,” he said. “We are strong financially because of prudent financial responsibility and we will be making necessary adjustments as we go along.”

lsynett@tribune.com

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