Mayors of several area towns are not seeking reelection in April 6 election, and several incumbents have competition.
Hoyleton Mayor Josh Holle said that he declined to be a candidate again because of personal obligations that will include moving from town. Holle had served for four years.
No one has filed as a candidate for mayor. Holle said had tried to recruit board members and other local residents to file as a candidate, but had no luck. The mayor said he is willing to continue in the position until another mayor takes office.
Ashley Mayor Sheri Pedtke is not on the ballot in April. Linda Gammon, now serving on the board, is seeking the position. Gammon had previously served one term as mayor.
No one has filed as a candidate for City Clerk, treasurer, and four councilman positions in Ashley.
Len Piasecki, who had served as mayor 16 years, said that people who are capable of serving aren’t interested because they don’t want to annoy others.
Richview’s mayor of six years, Brenda Perjak, is not a candidate this election. Melody Turner has filed for the position.
No one has filed for the Clerk Position, Rita Ebbs, serving in that position for 30 years, is not a candidate.
Richview also has two village trustee positions in the 2021 election that do not have candidates.
DuBois had a turn-over of the mayor’s position in the last year when Linda Bass-Williams resigned and moved from town. Board member Christian Bennett is seeking election.
The village ballot has two positions for trustee for which no one has filed.
Irvington’s 3-term incumbent, Gera Sims, has competition form Alan Hoh.
Cecil Alfeldt, Oakdale’s mayor since 1983 (except for four years in the 1990’s), is seeking re-election. Sam Pruitt has also filed as a candidate.
New Minden’s Mayor since 2001, Candy Cross, is being challenged by Arthur Henson.
St. Libory’s one-term Mayor, Ron Kramper is not seeking reelection. Robert Stroder is seeking the position.
“I did all I could for the village, and how its time to enjoy life,” Kramper said.
The mayor said that it took four years to obtain an IEPA loan/grant to paint and repair the water tower. Of the $600,000 cost, 40 percent of the loan will be forgiven as a grant. The work will be done later in the year.
Other progress in Kramper’s term was obtaining St. Clair County Community Development Block grants twice to replace cast iron waterlines with plastic lines.
Read the full list of those who have filed in this week’s issue.