McFadden wins as write-in candidate for Batavia’s 7th Ward

Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Newly elected 7th Ward Alderman Drew McFadden is attributing his win as a write-in candidate to conveying to residents his vision for Batavia.

“I gave them confidence I was the right person for the job,” he said.

McFadden was one of the three people running as write-in candidates for the 7th Ward seat on the Batavia City Council. Alderman Dawn Tenuta did not run for re-election, and no one filed a nomination petition for the 7th Ward by the December deadline.

According to unofficial results from the county clerk’s office, McFadden received 63 votes, compared to three votes for Steve Holland and two votes for Pat Purcell. McFadden is set to be sworn in early May.

McFadden, founder of digital marketing agency WindmillNext, said one of his goals is to continue attracting new businesses to the city’s downtown and along the Randall Road corridor.

“I think Batavia has a ton to offer to a business that would want to set up here,” he said. “We need to do a better job selling ourselves.”

McFadden said he was happy the Batavia City Council recently voted to make the city’s economic development position a full-time post.

“I think that is a step in the right direction,” he said. “Having that person in place full time will be a positive step in enhancing the business friendliness of the community.”

Meredith Hannah had been the city’s economic development analyst since July 2008, but left the part-time post in February.

The city is searching for a new person to hold the post.