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April 8, 2009

Georgetown, Westville get new mayors

DANVILLE — Voters in Georgetown narrowed a four-way race for mayor to one man Tuesday, Dennis Lucas.

Lucas, 59, will succeed Mayor Darrell Acord, who did not seek re-election to a fourth term in office.

“I don’t think it’s sunk in yet,” said Lucas. “It’s been a hectic three to four months. I’m glad it’s over.”

According to the unofficial report by the Vermilion County clerk, Lucas won the election with 40 percent of the vote, with current alderman Rusty Berry coming in second with 23 percent of voters going his way.

Newcomer Cathy Jenkins garnered 20 percent of the vote, with current alderman Darren Alexander tallying 16 percent of the total votes cast.

“If there was anybody I wanted to get it, it was him,” Berry said of Lucas at the close of the race. “I knew it was going to be between me and Dennis. I knew he was my best competition. All I care about is that Georgetown goes in the right direction.”

Lucas will have some hefty tasks on his desk during his first few days as Georgetown mayor, with vacancies occurring in two wards, the treasurer and clerk position, which all must be appointed.

“I can work with all of them,” Lucas said of the council. “It will take a little time to get settled in.”

Lucas said he is ready to get started with city work, which includes assessing where the city is at on the sewer and water treatment plant project.

He also will look to clean up areas of town that need it.

“I intend to have the city hall unlocked so if the citizens need to see me, they can knock on the door.”

In Westville, a newcomer to politics narrowly defeated a seasoned competitor.

The unofficial county clerk tabulation named Jeff Ellis, 26, mayor Tuesday with just 51 percent of the vote. Contender and current alderman Sheldon Smith, 77, got 49 percent of the vote.

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