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Rogers remains as Mayor of Thayer

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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Election Officials at the Oregon County Clerk's office work to tally up the votes from the General Election on Tuesday night. Photo by Linda Greer
City Council Positions

Thayer Mayor Earl "Buddy" Rogers will retain his seat, after defeating challenger Alderman Robert "Bob" Freeman on Tuesday, April 5, with unofficial election results of 290 to 151.

After serving two years as Alderman, Freeman made his first run for Thayer's top elected seat.

Rogers was elected mayor in 2009 after serving 28 years as an Alderman.

With Freeman's notice of candidacy in the mayor's race, two newcomers and one former Alderman vied for the North Ward position.

Newcomer Terry Tillman, with 89 votes, narrowly defeated former Alderman Joe Barbee (81). Newcomer Paul Wilson Jr. garnered 26 votes.

Incumbent South Ward Alderman Robert "Bob" Grimes, with 92 votes, kept his seat on the board by a small margin, defeating Junior Brewer (86) and newcomer Dorsey Williamson (64).

School boards

Oregon County voters cast their ballots for the Alton R-4 School District in favor of Ryan Miller (270), Rodney Parrott (224) and Jason Kemper (199), defeating incumbents Grover Crews (196) and Kevin AraSmith (167).

Oregon County voters in the Thayer School District R-2 elected Bill Honeycutt (346), Michael Morris (301) and Alan Pender (298), who defeated incumbents William Franz (270) and Doyle Fink (195).

For the Oregon-Howell R-3 School Board in Koshkonong, county voters supported newcomer Kevin Brashear (66), incumbent Winford Smith (53) and newcomer Shawn Justus (41), who defeated new candidate Stacie Huffman (22).

All results are unofficial until certified.

Polling place fire

Oregon County Clerk Tracy Bridges said this year's election went smoothly, except for a small fire at one polling place.

About 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday, a voter opened the men's bathroom door at the VFW in Alton, sending a blanket of smoke into the room. Bridges said Alton firefighters were at the scene within three minutes, extinguishing the fire.

Bridges moved the polling place to the Alton Assembly of God Church, after posting a notice on the door.

Authorities said the fire likely started in wiring above the bathroom, dripping hot materials into a wastebasket, catching the paper on fire. No one was injured and damage was reported as minimal.

County voter turnout was light at 15.65 percent. Of 6,551 registered voters, only 1,025 cast ballots.

None of the county's nine polling places ran short of ballots.

"I always order way more ballots than we're going to need," Bridges said. "The last thing we want to do is run out of ballots."

Voter turnout

County voter turnout was light at 15.65 percent. Of 6,551 registered voters, 1,025 cast ballots.

Election judges Susie Van Camp and Jerry Chewning chatted in the Oregon County Courthouse foyer with other judges about the low turnout, with often more than an hour passing without a voter.

None of the county's nine polling places ran short of ballots.

"I always order way more ballots than we're going to need," Bridges said. "The last thing we want to do is run out of ballots."

Other area elections

With no challengers, incumbent Koshkonong aldermen Mike Cauble (13) and Mary Mitchell (12) retained their seats on the board for another two years.

Also in Alton, incumbent aldermen John Wheeler (76) and Glen Jenkins (74) were unopposed.

Thayer Tax Collector Janice Tolar, with 399 votes, also faced no challengers, and will keep her position.



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