Democrat fills empty Madison County Board seat

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June 19, 2019

Democrat fills empty Madison County Board seat 

EDWARDSVILLE — The Madison County Board approved Chairman Kurt Prenzler’s nomination on Wednesday to fill the vacant District seat. 

Prenzler selected Victor Valentine Jr. of Edwardsville for the seat left open by Democrat Ann Gorman who resigned after moving out of her district. Board members unanimously approved Valentine’s nomination. 

“I believe Mr. Valentine is well qualified and will bring added value to the board,” Prenzler said. 

Prenzler is required by Illinois law to appoint a board member of the same party of the seat being vacated. Valentine’s appointed term will expire in November 2020. 

Valentine, who works as a teen reach coordinator with at-risk youth at the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St. Louis, said he is looking forward to the opportunity to serve his district and the residents of Madison County. 

“I’m excited about this opportunity,” Valentine said. 

Valentine is a Madison High School graduate and attended Illinois State University where he received a bachelor of science in marketing/business administration. Following college, he moved to Edwardsville where he’s lived the past 30 years with his wife, Rhoda, and their children.