The long wait for Fifth Ward representation is finally over.
At a special meeting Monday night, the Jackson City Council selected Kelsey Heck to represent the city’s fifth ward. The council made the appointment to fill the vacancy of Andrew Frounfelker, who resigned from the seat in June. In total, the council interviewed nine candidates for the position. Heck was approved by a 4-2 vote.
In a press release, the City said that the 26-year-old Heck has lived in the fifth ward for two years and currently works as the Data Director for America Votes, Michigan. The new council member says providing safe and clean affordable housing will be a priority for her in this position. “I’m grateful, I’m really excited, I’m ready to get to work. From here on out, I want to make sure residents feel heard and that they have an ally at city hall,” Heck said in the release. Mayor Derek Dobies voted for Heck and says he is impressed with her experience in the community. “I thought she gave a great interview with a lot of passion, enthusiasm and drive. I’m excited to see what she can do on city council,” Dobies said.
Heck will fill out the rest of Frounfelker’s four year term, which ends in 2021. She was sworn in after Monday night’s meeting and will take her seat at the council’s next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday Sept. 18.
The city’s fifth ward contains the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods including Partnership Park.