By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Abby Schlipmann is ready to go after succeeding in her first run at an elected office.
The top vote-getter in Tuesday's Quincy Park District Board of Commissioners election will be following her heart.
"I am passionate about this. I have a background in environmental science and horticulture," she said.
Schlipmann, 30, headlined a five-person group running for four Park Board seats. Schlipmann collected 6,231 votes, followed by John Frankenhoff (5,939), Patty McGlothlin (5,349) and Chris Blakeman (4,720). They will serve four-year terms.
Frankenhoff and McGlothlin were incumbents. Blakeman also was running for an elected office for the first time.
Greg Feldberg was fifth with 4,401 votes. He had been appointed in November to complete the term of Tom Behrens, who retired from the board in October.
Schlipmann is the director of wellness at Quincy Medical Group and serves on several other local boards. One of them is the Friends of the Trails, which is trying to raise money to help complete the Cedar Creek Trail project that has been stymied in recent years by a lack of state and federal grant money.
"I speak for a lot of the community that wants to see that project completed, and it's probably No. 1 on the list of things I want to see accomplished — but I also understand there are also other (projects) before the board," Schlipmann said.
Schlipmann also emphasized she wants to examine the city's smaller parks that she believes are not being fully utilized. She also wants to take an inventory of equipment in some of the parks that may need to be renovated or replaced.
Blakeman, 53, is the director of dining services at Quincy University. He said he was coerced by McGlothlin to run for the board.
"Patty talked with me (last year) about doing this, and I decided to give it a shot," Blakeman said. "The first thing I want to do is get more familiar with the processes of the board. I know the leading issues the board is facing involve the Cedar Creek Trail project and what to do with Wavering (Aquatic Center)."
Frankenhoff, 41, a computer network administrator, was elected to his fourth term.
"I'm honored to be elected again," he said. "I enjoy serving on the board. It can be a challenge, but it is also rewarding."
Frankenhoff also is targeting Cedar Creek and Wavering Aquatic Center as chief focal points for board attention.
"As far as (the Wavering pool) is concerned, we have to decide whether to renovate or try and build a new facility," he said.
McGlothlin, 57, a retired teacher, was elected to her second full term after being appointed to the board in 2007.