Kelly Van De Mark announced 4th Ward run

Kelly Van De Mark

Kelly Van De Mark, who briefly served as 4th Ward Alderman late last year, announced Monday she is running for a full-term.

Van De Mark, 39, was appointed to the 4th Ward post last October to fill in for David Wohleben, who left his alderman post to temporarily replace former Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey. At the start of this year, Wohleben returned to his 4th Ward seat, and Michelle Roman — who beat Legislature Chairman William Keith McNall, the Republican nominee — became mayor for the final year remaining in McCaffrey's term.

Last month, Wohleben announced he would challenge Roman for a full-term, leaving open the Republican party nomination for that council seat.

Van De Mark said this time gave her experience with city projects, including water and sewer work and efforts to upgrade Altro Park.

“What really encouraged me to seek a full term were the many conversations that I had with residents and how rewarding it is being their advocate at city hall," Van De Mark said.

Like Wohleben, Van De Mark has received the backing of the Republican, Independence and Conservative parties.

A lifelong Lockportian, Van De Mark is a business analyst for Geico and serves on the city Youth Board and the Board of Directors for the Kenan Center. She lives on Pine Street with her daughter and her husband, Adam, a former head and current first chairman of the Niagara County Republican Committee.