Voters in south county filled board seats last week in the municipalities of Crestwood, Grantwood Village, Green Park and Sunset Hills

Voters have their say in municipal elections

By Staff Report

South county voters had their say last week, electing several new faces to municipal boards while turning out some longtime incumbents.

Here are the unofficial results from the April 3 election for Crestwood, Grantwood Village, Green Park and Sunset Hills as reported by the county Board of Election Commissioners:

Crestwood

In Ward 2, voters returned former Alderman Tim Trueblood to office to fill the seat currently held by Chris Pickel, who did not file for re-election. Trueblood received 217 votes while challenger Mary Stadter garnered 143 votes.

Trueblood served as a Ward 2 alderman from 1993 to 2006 when he became ineligible to seek re-election because of term limits.

In Ward 4, Dan Tennessen bested former Alderman Steve Nieder for the seat currently held by Deborah Beezley, who did not file for re-election.

Tennessen garnered 281 votes while Nieder received 227 votes.

The Ward 2 and Ward 4 seats carry three-year terms.

Three Crestwood candidates were unopposed in last week’s election.

Robert Deutschmann was elected to the Ward 2 the seat currently held by Steve Knarr, who did not file for the seat, which carries a one-year term.

Ward 1 Alderman Darryl Wallach and Ward 3 Alderman Paul Duchild were returned to office unopposed last week. Their seats carry three-year terms.

Grantwood Village

Voters elected Will Larson and Walter Rust to two seats on the Grantwood Village Board of Trustees. The two bested Chairwoman Cathy Forand, Village Clerk Pat Williams and Bill Hypes.

Larson garnered 196 votes while Rust received 192. Finishing third with 167 votes was Forand, followed by Williams with 164 votes and Hypes with 31 votes.

Forand had served on the board since 1989 while Williams was appointed to the board last August.

The seats carry two-year terms.

Green Park

In Ward 1, Alderman Carol Hamilton beat back a challenge from write-in candidate Ron Kramer.

Hamilton received 75 votes while 24 write-in votes were counted.

Hamilton first was appointed to the board in 2007 and then elected in 2008 and 2010.

In Ward 2, Jackie Wilson defeated challenger Mark Friederich. Wilson received 79 votes while Friederich garnered 16 votes.

Wilson has served on the Board of Aldermen since 2004. Friederich unsuccessfully challenged Mayor Tony Konopka in the 2011 election.

Ward 3 Alderman Fred Baras was unopposed in last week’s election.

The Green Park seats carry two-year terms.

Sunset Hills

In Ward 1, Richard Gau ousted Alderman Frank Hardy, who had served on the Board of Aldermen since 2006.

Gau received 224 votes while Hardy garnered 128 votes.

In Ward 2, Thomas Musich and Nancy Goldkuhl were vying for the seat held by Thomas Hrastich, who withdrew his candidacy. Hrastich first was elected in 2006.

Musich was victorious, garnering 243 votes while Goldkuhl received 209.

In Ward 4, former Mayor Mike Svoboda and Art Havener were vying for the seat held by Svoboda’s wife, Claudia, who did not file for re-election.

Havener bested Mike Svoboda, receiving 224 votes to Svoboda’s 194 votes.

Former Ward 1 Alderman Mike Sawicki and Michael McGilligan were vying for the city collector’s post being vacated by Phillis Hardy, who did not file for re-election.

Sawicki was victorious, garnering 789 votes while McGilligan received 496 votes.

Mayor Bill Nolan and Ward 3 Alderman Stephen Webb were unopposed in last week’s election.

All of the Sunset Hills seats carry two-year terms.