Frank Edwards (Former Illinois Mayor) DEAD, Bio, Age, Wife (Dead), Children, Family

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Frank Edwards Former Illinois Mayor DEAD

Frank Edwards Biography

Frank Edwards was an American former mayor of Springfield, Illinois. Edwards was appointed by the Springfield City Council on December 28, 2010, to the vacancy caused by the death of Mayor Tim Davlin. He was succeeded on April 29, 2011, by J. Michael Houston. Edwards also served as Springfield’s Fire Chief.

Frank Edwards Death

Edwards his wife Cinda (aged 63) and a third person were killed in an airplane crash on January 28, 2020, on approach to Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Sangamon County, Illinois.

Frank Edwards Age

Frank Edwards was born on September 16, 1950, and died on January 28, 2020, in Sangamon County, Illinois at the age of 69.

Frank Edwards Wife

Edwards was married to his late wife Cinda for decades. The couple was killed in an airplane crash on January 28, 2020.

Frank Edwards Family, Early Life, and Career

Frank Edwards’s mother was a nurse and his father was a letter carrier who served in World War II. Edwards himself served in the Illinois Air National Guard while in college and attained the rank of Sergeant, before earning an honorable discharge in 1975.

Edwards earned an Education degree, from Eastern Illinois University, and after graduating he worked as a special education math teacher. Through the local park district, Edwards also taught physical education and swimming, at Southeast High School.

On a dare from his mother, who had seen a local newspaper notice for the firefighter’s exam, Edwards took, and passed, the test. He would become, 26 years later (on February 23, 2001), the Chief of the Springfield, Illinois fire department.

Frank Edwards Political Career

Edwards was elected to the City Council in 2003, with 53% of the vote, in Springfield’s first ward. In 2007, he was unopposed for re-election. In addition to municipal government, Edwards also briefly sought the Republican nomination for Governor of Illinois in 2009 but withdrew before the primary.

During a special City Council meeting on December 28, 2010, called following the unexpected death of Mayor Tim Davlin, Edwards was chosen as mayor, by a 6 to 4 vote of the council. He subsequently resigned his position as Alderman (to serve as Mayor) but was re-elected to that Ward 1 position.

During the April 5, 2011, general election, Edwards was elected to the Ward 1 City Council seat, garnering over 60% of the vote. His tenure as Mayor ended on April 29, 2011, when new municipal officers are sworn in. Edwards ran for mayor of Springfield in 2019 but lost to the incumbent Democrat Jim Langfelder.