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April 7, 2013

Voters head to polls this week

DANVILLE — Non-mayoral city elections have traditionally seen around a 15 percent voter turnout.

Danville Election Commission Director Barbara Dreher is expecting about the same, 12-17 percent voter turnout, for Tuesday’s election.

The consolidated election is for city council, school board, township and other offices. There also is the electrical aggregation referendum on city ballots.

“Absentee voting is a littler heavier this time,” Dreher said.

She thinks that’s because of the more talked about school board race that seems to be heating up.

If the voter turnout is closer to 17 percent, that still is only about 3,065 people voting out of 18,033 registered voters. About 400 ballots have already been cast by absentee and early voters.

Nine candidates are vying for four seats on the Danville District 118 school board.

The candidates seeking election to the school board are incumbents Dr. Randal Ashton, Dan Brown, Greg Hilleary and Frank Young and newcomers Johnnie Carey, Darlene Halloran, Lon Henderson, Phyllis Roth and David Woodrow.

The four-year terms that are expiring are for Ashton, Brown, Hilleary and Young.

One incumbent and two newcomers are vying for two open seats on the Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees.

Incumbent Dr. Ron Serfoss and newcomers Harry Brockus of Hoopeston and Greg Wolfe of Oakwood are seeking election to two seats that are currently held by Serfoss and retired judge John O’Rourke.

Both seats are full terms of six years each.

For seats on the Danville City Council, four wards are contested while three aren’t.

Seeking Ward 2 Alderwoman Lois Cooper’s seat are newcomers Darrell Heath and Frank Hoskins. Cooper isn’t seeking re-election.

In Ward 3, current alderman Bill Gilbert is facing challenger Roosevelt J. Davis.

In Ward 5, current alderman Mike Puhr is being challenged by newcomer Janis L. Ostiguy.

Finally in Ward 7, alderman Steve Foster is being challenged by Al Reynolds.

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