Boosting economic growth and tourism on agenda for new Alderman of Sandwich – Shaw Local
Karsta Erickson was sworn in as Third Ward Alderman to Sandwich City Council on Monday August 1, filling the post left vacant by the resignation of Brent Holcomb.
Erickson will serve the remainder of Holcomb’s term and says she plans to run for a full term in April 2023.
Erickson has lived in Sandwich since he was three weeks old. Growing up, she attended St. Mary’s School in Plano and graduated from Rosary High School in Aurora before earning a criminal justice degree from Aurora University.
Erickson has worked and volunteered at the Fox Valley Community Center for nearly 30 years, currently part-time as an aide in their adult daycare program.
Erickson has two sons, Kelsen (10) and Kohen (7), and is engaged. On the night his mother was sworn in, Erickson’s son Kelsen spoke kind words about his family and expressed his pride in his mother in front of the city council.
Mayor Todd Latham noted that Kelsen was likely the youngest member of the community to speak before city council.
Erickson said her priorities as alderman were to drive economic growth and tourism in Sandwich and to increase residents’ participation in local government.
Although she has never held a position in government, she has had experience with the city council in the past. Erickson remembers having a problem with a neighboring business trying to build a structure on his property line.
Erickson said she came to council with her issue and was able to speak with her councilor after the meeting and resolve it.
“That’s what I want,” Erickson said. “I would like to see more citizens who have concerns come to the meetings.”
Erickson said she wants to help the city grow economically by attracting more businesses and restaurants and creating more jobs.