Council Member – Andrew Chesney
Freeport's Alderman-At-Large, Andrew Chesney, was born in our beautiful city and raised just a few miles from Freeport. Growing up with a Midwestern work ethic, Andrew excelled at Arizona State University, graduating Cum Laude with his B.A. in Communication. Andrew worked for a premier real estate firm in Arizona, helping families realize their dreams of home ownership.
Alderman Chesney is a family-focused entrepreneur, who returned home to Freeport to join Seaga Manufacturing as a Division Sales Manager. While many other manufacturing firms were in decline, Seaga grew and added local jobs. Andrew and Seaga are committed to growing local manufacturing jobs here at home. Andrew credits his business success to his Midwestern values, a tenacious work ethic, and his commitment to community.
Andrew's dedication to building a better Freeport and to serving the community is evident in his affiliation with numerous business and philanthropic organizations. He currently serves as a board member for the Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance and is a former board member of RAMP. As an advocate for our most vulnerable by providing workforce development initiatives, Andrew utilizes his business expertise to generate more opportunities for others in Freeport. Additionally, Andrew has been a longtime member of ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education) which dedicates its efforts to teaching motorcycle road safety and preserving the rights of all motorcyclists. He is also a strong proponent of the 2nd amendment and a Life Member of the National Rifle Association.
Youth and youth service organizations are also a passion of Andrew's volunteerism. Andrew recognizes the importance of fostering a positive youth identity and the value of attracting and keeping talented young people in Freeport. Particularly close to his heart is the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program, which Andrew joined in 2009 while in Arizona. Most recently, Andrew was invited to be a motivational speaker at Freeport Alternative High School. Andrew spoke to the students about his own experiences in finding the right career path, overcoming adversity, finding honor and pride in public service, and how keeping a positive self-identity is the most meaningful life skill.
When Andrew isn't serving his community he can almost always be found enjoying the outdoors with his wife Kelly. They share a passion for golfing, running and chasing their two dogs. He has completed 4 marathons including the Chicago and New York City Marathon.
Andrew considers job creation and growing Freeport's businesses a top priority to ensure careers here in our community. Andrew supports transparent government, increased employment opportunities, lower taxes, and safer neighborhoods to make Freeport a more enjoyable and prosperous community.
“I will work as your Alderman to reignite the democratic process, bring government back to the people and encourage discussion, debate, dialog, and discourse for the advancement and benefit of all Freeport. My door is always open, my mobile phone is always on, and my email inbox will always have room for thoughtful input from all.”
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