Forest Park Mayor David Lockhart
By Jim Zachary
FOREST PARK — David Lockhart is the new mayor of Forest Park.
“It is a new day in Forest Park,” Lockhart said, pledging “an era of transparent government that is open and accessible to every resident.”
Former Councilwoman Sparkle Adams lost her bid to become the city’s next mayor and in the process lost her seat on the city council.
Lockhart garnered 462 votes to Adams’ 347.
Lockhart and Adams faced off in the runoff election Tuesday after having finished first and second in the March 19 special election in a field of four candidates.
Adams had resigned her Ward 1 city council seat to make the run for mayor.
Lockhart, an attorney, is a relative newcomer, though he did come up short in a run for office several years ago.
He and his wife of 15 years have four children.
Lockhart has said he a native of Forest Park and still "lives, works and worships" here.
The new mayor said he wants to hear from business owners, community leaders and “every day citizens,” as he “works to move the city forward.”
Lockhart now fills the seat vacated by the retirement of former Mayor Corine Deyton, who left office because of her health last October.