SAUK VILLAGE | Lewis Towers spent Tuesday evening soaking up the emotions after he was elected village president some eight months after starting his longshot campaign.
"It was a hard fight, but we're happy that we were victorious and for the citizens of Sauk Village," Towers said.
Towers garnered 62.06 percent of the vote to beat out Sauk Village Trustee Derrick Burgess in the race to replace Roger Peckham, an incumbent who decided to not run for re-election.
The 58-year-old Towers -- who ran with the Citizens for Progress slate -- said that although he didn't have an extensive history of being elected to political positions, since he has lived in Sauk Village he has been politically active.
Towers said he's passionate about bringing new programs and activities for seniors and children to the village. Another goal the incoming mayor has is to improve the quality of drinking water for village residents.
"I got out there because I felt that there needed to be a change in Sauk Village," Towers said.
He and his wife Maxine have lived in Sauk Village for more than 10 years.
Maxine Towers had reason to celebrate Tuesday as well. She won re-election to Sauk Village Elementary District 168 School Board.
In the race for village clerk, Debra "Debbie" Williams was leading Elizabeth "Beth" Zupon. Williams garnered 61.75 percent of the vote with eight of 10 precints reporting.
In the race for three trustee seats, Edward "Ed" Myers, Rosie Williams, and Enoch Benson IV claimed victory.