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Incumbents Brazill and Champagne win Minoa election

Bill Brazill (pictured) received 268 votes and John Champagne got 245 to beat out challenger Trevor Van Auken in the Minoa village election.

Bill Brazill (pictured) received 268 votes and John Champagne got 245 to beat out challenger Trevor Van Auken in the Minoa village election. Allie Wenner

— Minoa village board incumbents Bill Brazill and John Champagne will be keeping their trustee seats for at least one more term.

There were a total of 342 machine and absentee votes. Brazill received 268 votes, Champagne got 245 and Trevor Van Auken received 123. Village justice Janet Stanley ran unopposed and got 268 votes.

“Bill and I worked very hard on this and we take what we do very seriously,” said Champagne. “I think we proved that by the numbers and I think it shows that the community is behind us. They understand what we’re doing and they believe in us and they believe we can bring the village forward.”

Champagne said his goal for the new term is to continue to push for more sustainability for the village through projects going on at its wastewater treatment plant, including a plan for the village to produce its own natural gas. Brazill’s main focus for the upcoming term will be to continue to work with county and state legislators to be able to maintain the village’s tax rate despite the burden from unfunded mandates.

Brazill has served on the board for 12 years and will be starting his fourth term. He has been the deputy mayor for ten years. Champagne has been a trustee for eight years and will be starting his third term. Both will be paid $7,184 a year.

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