EDMORE — Edmore Village President Lon Leonard will pass the torch of office to Chet Guild after voters chose Guild by a comfortable margin in Tuesday’s election.
Guild garnered 228 votes (58.02 percent) to Leonard’s 164 votes(41.73 percent).
Both candidates expressed surprise at the disparity in votes.
“I thought it would be a little closer than that,” said Guild upon learning of his victory. “Lon’s been there for the last 12 years, so I figured it would be kind of hard to beat him out. Also, I’ve been out of it for a long time. I guess people wanted a change.”
Guild, who boasts 12 years of of experience as a village trustee and president, said he would be implementing changes, but they would likely come slowly and only after conferring with council members.
“I would like to get back to some basics in local government,” Guild said. “I thank all the people who voted for me and want them to know my telephone number is in the book. They can call me with any questions or concerns. Our main concern is the voters, the residents and their desires.”
Leonard said he suspects voters may be thinking he has been in office too long.
“Maybe they’re trying to say they’re ready for a change,” Leonard said. “That’s the only thing I can think of. Sometimes when somebody’s been in a seat too long they don’t seem to get the same results or something. I really don’t know.”
According to Leonard, it’s unlikely he will seek office again in the future.
“I’m going to go on to bigger and better things, I guess,” Leonard said. “I don’t want to talk (Guild) down. He was in office before and I wish him the best of luck.”
During the campaign, Leonard painted himself as a village president interested in building up the community’s M-46 business corridor and improving the portion of the Heartland Trail that borders the village.
Guild also ran on a platform of expanding the village’s business community.
“I guess my main goal would be to keep the municipality moving forward with several of the village improvement projects already begun by the council,” Guild said during his campaign.
As far as the village council race goes, three seats were up for grabs. These were filled by Bonnie Ashbaugh, with 172 votes, Eddie Adams, with 159 votes and Jamie Ballard with 150 votes.
Also running were Bonnie Gray-Davis, who garnered 144 votes, Tom Colburn who received 137 and Art Schuitema who received 108 votes. Seven write-in votes also were cast.