Grair, Phillips advance in Delavan City Council race
Delavan City Council, Dist. 2 Primary
Ronald Grair 51
Christopher Phillips 41
Samuel H. Riggs III 36
Address: 306 N. Fifth St., Delavan.
Job: Real estate broker; served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 2002 to 2010, one tour in Iraq.
Education: Some college
Community service: Helps coach youth sports in Fontana
Elected posts: None
DELAVAN Only 15 votes separated the first-place winner from third place and being eliminated from contention in the race for the District 2 seat on the Delavan City Council.
Ronald Grair, 67, of 301 N. Seventh St., Delavan, and Christopher Phillips, 37, of 306 N. Fifth St., Delavan, will advance to the general election.
Grair, a retired tool and die maker, has served on a variety of city committees including the golf commission and the beautification committee for the industrial park.
Phillips, a real estate broker, ran for office in 2012.
Neither man has held an elected post before.
Grair said he doesn't plan to do a lot of campaigning, but said he "will try to get his name out there."
"I don't have an agenda to change something the city's doing," Grair said. "I'm running because I want to serve. I love this town."
Phillips thinks the city is headed in the right direction and hopes to contribute his ideas to the mix.
For him, the biggest issues are development downtown and in the industrial park. The city is working on a strategic plan for the downtown that will be released on Feb. 28.
Phillips said he has no intention of being a "career politician" and, if elected, envisions serving one or two terms.