Today is election day, the April 4th Consolidated Election. For the City of Vandalia, there is one contested race and that is for Ward One Alderman where Joseph W. Crawford will face Steven M. Barker for the seat of retiring Alderman Jerry Swarm. Both Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman and City Clerk Peggy Bowen are running uncontested for re-election and also the other aldermen races for the city are uncontested, as well.
The Village of Ramsey will see a contested race for Village President and also voters will decide whether or not to allow liquor sales. Chris Wall, Dawn M. Cole and Roger A. Corrington are all three running for Village President in Ramsey. There is also a contested race for Ramsey Village Trustee, with Rhonda Eller, Alina Braning, Julie Moreland and Steve Marley all running for the 3 open seats for Village Board. Also, Ramsey voters deciding whether or not to allow liquor sales. The ballot question says “Shall the sale at retail of alcoholic liquor be prohibited in the Village of Ramsey?” The Village of St. Peter also has a contested race for Village Trustee, with four individuals—Matthew Benning, Dough Schafer, Jeffrey Lotz, and Matt Hoover running for the 3 open seats.
For area school boards, there will be a race for Brownstown School Board, Donald Lovett, Laura Willms and Brad Koonce are running for two seats on the board while Randy Mason, Chad Towler and Andy Elam are running for the two other open seats on the board. For Kaskaskia College Board, Dee Boswell, Kelly Bennett, Malia Boozer and Bryan Holthaus are running for the 2 open seats on the K-C Board.
There are contested race for Vandalia Township. Republican Beverly Daniels is running for re-election for Township Supervisor and is challenged by Democrat Jackie Willis. Republican Boyd Ledbetter is running for re-election as Vandalia Township Clerk and is challenged by Democrat Barb Mitchell. For Vandalia Township Trustee there are a total of 8 individuals running for four open seats. Democrats Lew Mitchell, Brian Donnals, Brian Holliday and Elden (Gene) Hicks are running along with Republicans Tim Metzger, Gary Ehrat, Andrew Vaughn, and Sheldon (Pup) Schulte. In Avena Township, both Republican Doug Engeljohn and Independent Roger Morrison are running for Highway Commissioner. In Avena Township, there are five individuals—Republicans Lynn Tappendorf, Larry Koberlein and David Ledbetter and Democrats Albert Niemeyer and John Stewart—are running for the four open seats for Township Trustee. In Kaskaskia Township, Republican Steve McClintock and Independent Jerry Mays will run for Highway Commissioner. For Sefton Township, Democrats Ed Durbin, Bob Brasel, Jared Stine and Douglas Barnick and Republicans Jim Garrison Mark Pippin and Mark Lash are running for the 4 open seats for Township Trustee. For Sharon Township there are five individuals—Republicans Curt Alderson, Darryl Tjaden, J.D. Vieregge and Merrill Thull and Democrat Jarred Lutz—running for the four open seats for Township Trustee. And, in South Hurricane Township, there are five individuals—Democrats Alan McDowell, Clarence Ricke, Clinton Snider and Orban Davis and Republican Dale Siebert—running for the four open seats for Township Trustee. And, the same situation in Ramsey Township, where Democrats Jean Finley, Catherine Cunningham, Benjamin Hortenstine and Roger Sargent and Republican A.C. Scott Saunders are running for the four open seats.
We will have Election Night Coverage, beginning at 8 pm, on 107.1 FM WKRV