Clean Sweep of City Council Positions
Mayor Robert Willrich, Sr. was re-elected in last Saturday’s elections, but a clean sweep was ushered in for the two City Council positions. New comers to the Council, Charlotte Hooper and Chris Billings, were decidedly elected on Saturday. They will all be sworn in on Wednesday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Woodson Community Building.
In a highly contested race for two positions on the Lexington ISD Board of Trustees, both incumbents, Phillip Brown and Joe Green, were re-elected.
In the city election, Mayor Willrich barely won the Mayor’s race, having received 125 votes to Tim Brown’s 123 votes. Hooper received the most votes of the six running for City Council, with a landslide of 170 votes. Billings received 101 votes; incumbents William Langehennig received 86 and Lori Barnikow received 63; James Sherer received 20 and Mary Atkins received 16.
The School Board election was a much closer race, with Brown receiving 404 votes; Green receiving 351 and Chad Garrett, close on their heels, with 323 votes.
Estimates are that this was one of the largest turnouts for local elections in many years. Out of more than 600 registered voters eligible to vote in the City elections, approximately 254 voted this year, which is 99 more than last year’s election. Eighty-nine voted early and 165 went to the polls on Saturday.
In the LISD School Board election, over 3200 registered voters were eligible to vote and 681 went to the polls, which is 232 more than last year. 169 people voted early and 512 went to the polls on Saturday.