By Abbey Woodcock
Sue Jones and Kathryn Carlson will fill the two open village trustee positions. Jones received 220 votes, Carlson received 203 and candidate John Cromp received 168 votes. The village received a total of 336 votes, including absentee ballots.
Jones and Carlson will take over April 1 and be officially sworn in at the April 7 board of trustees meeting.
Jones, participating in her fourth election, said last week that she "sleeps better" during uncontested elections, but she was glad to participate in a candidate forum this time around and to see that people in the village cared about their community.
"I'm proud that three candidates have stepped forward," she said.
Carlson, who has lived in the village for more than 30 years agreed and focused on the importance of taking every decision seriously.
"The decisions we make today will affect the future of the village," she said.
In an open candidate forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce last week, Jones said she felt the most serious problem facing the village is the dependence on property taxes.
"Will my children be able to live here?" is a question she says many residents are concerned about.
Carlson said the most pressing issue was maintaining and improving the village's infrastructure and keeping it affordable to residents to live here.
They also each had some positive things to say about the people that lived in the community. Both agreed that the greatest resource the community has is the people.
Jones mentioned the creation of a youth soccer program as an example of the variety of community involvement. "People have passions and enthusiuams and they pursue those," she said.
Carlson agreed. "The people here have so much talent and are willing and eager to work together," she said.
Where they stand