Four towns will have mayoral races

Residents in four Fayette County communities will have a choice when voting for mayor in April.

As the filing period for the April 7 consolidated election ended on Monday, races for mayor (or village president) formed in Vandalia, Brownstown, St. Elmo and Farina.


Mayor Rick Gottman has two challengers as he seeks a third term in office. Also filing for the mayoral race were John David Wehrle Jr. and Neil F. Clark.

City Clerk Peggy Bowen and City Treasurer Marjorie Blythe are both unopposed in running for their fourth terms in office.

Vandalia also has one aldermanic race in April.

In Ward II, Dean Black, a former chairman of the Fayette County Board who was appointed to the Ward II seat late last year after Barbie Elliott resigned in the summer, is one of three candidates for that seat. Also running for the four-year term are Roger Hill and Robert Bell.

In Ward I, Jerry Swarm, who was elected to a two-year term after being appointed to the seat, is running unopposed for a four-year term.

In Ward III, Lisa McNutt is running unopposed for a two-year seat, and Mike Hobler is also unopposed for re-election for four years. McNutt was appointed to the Ward III seat vacated by her father, Von Duggins, after he moved out of the ward.

In Ward IV, incumbent Chad Feldpouch is running unopposed.


Chuck Fitch currently faces three opponents as he seeks re-election, but the field of village president candidates could be narrowed to three by next week.

That’s because one of the candidates, Donald Lovett, has filed to run for both village president and trustee. Lovett, who is currently serving as a trustee, has until next Thursday to decide which office he will seek.

In addition to Fitch and Lovett, those running for village president are B.J. Deal and Mike Summers.

In addition to Lovett, trustees running for re-election include Virginia Wilber and Tracie Reibel.


Jayson E. Porter, who was appointed to the mayoral seat in December 2007 after Randy Watson resigned, is being challenged by Larry R. Tish as he seeks re-election.

City Clerk Lynne A. Helsel and City Treasurer Mary E. Magnus are unopposed in their bids for re-election.

Three aldermanic seats are also on the ballot in St. Elmo.

In Ward I, Rita Davis, Mike McCall and James D. Russell are running for the seat currently held by Patty Caraway, who is not seeking re-election.

In Ward II, where James Todd Miller is not running for re-election, Jaimee Blankenship is the lone candidate.

In Ward III, incumbent Stormy Dilley is being challenged by Chris Worman, a former mayor of the community.


Butch Butts and current trustee Edward Blomberg are running for the village president seat. John “Rick Robinson is not seeking re-election.

Ralph Whitt and Phil Shumate are running for two of the three trustee seats up for election. A third vacancy will be filled through an appointment after the election, unless a certified write-in candidate surfaces.

Also on the ballot is a two-year seat. John Baker is not running for the seat to which he was appointed.


John L. Lotz is running unopposed for village president. Chris Miller is not seeking re-election.

Glori L. Magnus is also running unopposed as she seeks election to the village clerk seat, which has been held by Bev Lotz for the past 16 years.

Running for three four-year trustee seats are incumbent Douglas P. Schafer, Jeff Lotz, F. Matt Hoover and Matthew Benning. Incumbent Greg Rinkel is not running for re-election, and the third seat up for election is now held by John Lotz.


John Adermann is unopposed in his bid for re-election as village president.

Also running unopposed is Heather Seaton, the incumbent village clerk.

Five residents are running for the three trustee seats on the ballot – Roger Eller, Steven Marley, Jeffery Wright, Justin Sahringer and Anthony Eller.

The three incumbents whose terms expire this spring – Donna Price, Richard E. Dawkins and Linda Moreland – have chosen not to run for re-election.

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