A new mayor was named by the people of Fairbury during the Consolidated General Election Tuesday. David Slagel, who currently serves as an alderman on the Fairbury City Council and helped form the Fairbury Improvement Group, will be sworn in during the city council meeting in May.
Problems with the Livingston County election results website made tracking results difficult, but unofficial results showed that more than 900 voters turned out to the polls in Fairbury.
Slagel was an overwhelming leader having received 501 votes (52.46 percent), Seth Welch received 210 votes (21.99 percent), Kaci Zimmerman received 193 votes (20.21 percent) and Brian Meints received 51 votes.
John Allhands wants to focus on economic development when he moves into the Watseka Mayor’s office. The Mayor-elect was a winner in a four-person contest in Tuesday’s Consolidated Election.
Allhands, who has been a 4th Ward alderman, earned 42% of the voters support. He grabbed 425 votes to 259 for runner-up Mike Marcier. Bill Nutter collected 188 votes and John Burch 137.
“We have areas that need work, but Watseka also has a lot to offer,” Allhands told 94.1 WGFA-listeners after the win Tuesday night. “I look forward to moving forward with economic ideas and also working to get our police department training and modernizing their efforts.”
Allhands also said he wants to direct efforts to downtown Watseka; we have to make it more inviting.”
Current Mayor Bob Harwood did not seek re-election. Six other mayoral contests were on the Iroquois County ballots Tuesday.
Jeff Mabbitt won the Sheldon mayors race, defeating Frank Davenport Sr. 185-49.
Milford’s David Maro held on to the Mayor’s office with a win over challenger Ron Johnson 108-76.
In the Village of Iroquois. George Runkle defeated Jack Karr for the village presidency.
At Cissna Park, Michael McCray defeated David Walder for mayor, 222-61.
In Buckley, Sheree Stachura was a winner over Ardell Goetting.. At Loda, the Village President race went to Carol Arseneau, 45-31, over John Zalaker.