BY KIM LUTTRELL
Voters in the towns and villages in Vermilion County will see a number of candidates from whom to choose when they go to cast their vote in the April 9 consolidated election.
In Tilton, Mayor David Phillips will face two challengers, John Criswell and Todd Schultz.
There are three four-year terms for trustee to be filled in Tilton. Incumbents Judith Barrett and Conrad Wantland seek another term, along with challengers Jerry Bennett, Robert Finley Jr. and Robert Watson.
In Westville, incumbent Mayor Jeff Ellis will face former mayor Michael Weese and village trustee Bill Cottrell in his bid for a second term as mayor.
Westville will have three trustees spots up for election to the village council. Incumbent trustees Dena Jenkins and Rick Jones will face challenges from Don Hall, John Golden, Larry Hitzeroth, Mark Dunham, Greg Petticrew and James Ceader for four-year terms.
In Catlin, a series of resignations of commissioners during the past two years has three unexpired two-year terms up for election in April.
Current commissioners Kevin Kirk, Jim Miller and Rick Brown all seek to continue the terms they were appointed to and have filed to fill the remainder of those unexpired two-year terms. They will be challenged by Butch Schmink, Thomas Taylor, Fred Reddy and Wanda Schmit.
In Oakwood, Robert Jennings, who is finishing his first term as village president, is unopposed in his bid for another term.
Incumbent Connie Young will be running unopposed for a four-year term for village clerk.
Three four-your village trustee terms are up for election. Incumbents Bob Parr and Andy Schulte are seeking re-election and incumbent Dave Parker is not. No other candidate has filed to run for Parker’s spot on the village board. If no one mounts a successful write-in campaign, the open spot will be filled by appointment after the election.
In Rossville, long-time village president Terry Prillaman is not seeking re-election. Two current trustees have filed to replace him, Nancy Null and Richard Queen.
Chris White will be unopposed for another four-year term as village clerk.
Three trustees will be elected to four-year terms. All will be new members to the village board. Current trustees Tia Petersen and Dennis Barragree are not seeking re-election and Queen is seeking the village president’s position.
Five persons have filed to run for those three trustee positions, they are: Shawn Cade, J. Scott Sprague, Justin Richison, Jim Smith and Ann Stone.
In Bismarck, where the council has operated without a village president for the past 18 months, two have filed to fill the unexpired two-year term left open when Charlene Kiser resigned the position. C. Ben White and Greg Lewis, a current village trustee, have filed to fill the unexpired term.
Residents of Bismarck also will elect three persons to fill three four-year terms for village trustee. Those who filed to fill those three spots are incumbents Julie Boersma and Lee High along with challengers Terry Light, Mary Potter and former trustee Michael Pundt.