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4/6/2017 2:28:00 PM
Unopposed races, but new faces on boards

Many of the governing bodies involved in Tuesday's election had no races. That doesn't mean there are not some new faces on local boards.

There were no contested races in Oblong, but the village still has a new mayor and three new trustees.

Teresa Fielder was elected as Oblong's new mayor without opposition. A total of 122 ballots were cast for her.

Jeron Harris, Angela Fear and William Burke Jr. were elected to the village board, also without challenge. Harris had 99 votes, while Fear received 98 and Burke 101.

For Oblong Unit 4 school board, Chad Pusey, Todd Musgrave and Michael Higgins were retained. They received 297, 301 and 275 ballots, respectively.

The situation was similar in Hutsonville. In the Hutsonville village election, Progressive Party candidate Tina Callaway was unopposed for another term as village president, a position commonly referred to as "mayor." She got 107 votes.

Jason Bogard, Ryan Terry and Monte Newlin, also Progressive Party candidates, were elected to three trustee seats. Bogard received 88 votes, while Terry got 96 and Newlin received 86.

For Hutsonville Unit 1 school board, Callaway, Chad Weaver and Chad Guyer were elected. Callaway garnered 194 votes, while Weaver had 209 and Guyer had 215.

Travis Matthews ran for an unexpired two-year term on the school board and received 216 ballots.

In Flat Rock, Gregory L. Bachelor got 41 votes in his unopposed bid for the position of mayor. He ran on the Citizens Party ticket.

Fellow Citizens Party candidates Garry L. Branson, Brian Buttolph and Greg Rich were unopposed for three seat on the village board of trustees. They received 34, 36 and 37 votes, respectively.

In Stoy, a slate of independent candidates had no opposition. Roger L. McKinnley Jr. was elected mayor with 17 ballots and Lisa McKinnley was elected clerk with 17 votes. Janice Catt, John Baud and Alan Woods were elected to three trustee positions. They received 15 votes each.

Four people ran for four terms of different lengths on the Robinson Public Library Board of Trustees.

Allen E. Summers and Michael L. Garrard were elected to six-year terms by votes of 1,546 and 1,331. Wendy Kastner was elected to a four-year term by a vote of 1,863 and Rhonda Moade received 1,770 ballots for a two-year term.

Kristie Elder, Linda Russell and Robert F. Taylor were elected to the Palestine Public Library Board. They received 343, 357 and 268 ballots, respectively.

Raymond Lee Waldroup and Matt Stephens were elected to the LaMotte Township Park District Board. They received 239 and 310 votes, respectively.

No one ran for an open seat on the Hutsonville Township Park District Board. A new commissioner will be appointed to fill the vacancy.

Two incumbents were elected to new six-year-terms on the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board, while a third was approved to finish an incomplete term.

Gary Carter, Brenda K. Culver and Jan Ridgely were all unopposed in their bids to continue as IECC trustees.

Carter and Culver ran for full terms, while Ridgely ran for the remaining four years on the term of Marilyn Wolfe, Albion. He was appointed to the board last year following Wolfe's death.

Locally, Carter received 1,748 votes, Culver received 1,813 votes and Ridgely got 2,184.

For the are Regional Office of Education Board of Trustees, Travis Farley of Jasper County and Sheila Mikeworth of Crawford County were elected to six-year terms. Locally, they garnered 1,238 and 2,496 votes.

Marilyn Holt, Richland County, was elected to an unexpired four-year term with 2,159 votes in the county. Julia LaRoche-Law, Lawrence County, garnered 2,088 Crawford County votes en route to winning an unexpired two-year t erm.

Candidates for the Casey-Westfield school board, the Lake Land College Board and the regional school board that oversees Clark and seven other counties also appeared on some ballots in the county where their districts overlap the county's boundaries. None received any votes, however.

Thirty-three county ballots were cast for candidates in the Red Hill school board election.

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