CRETE | In what he described as his most “difficult and draining” campaign. Michael Einhorn won re-election as Crete village president.
With all eight precincts reporting, Einhorn got 776 votes. Runner-up Don Seehausen had 609 votes.
Einhorn has been the village president for more than 28 years.
“I am very grateful that the residents of Crete saw fit to return me to the office of village president,” Einhorn said. “This was by far the most difficult and draining of all the campaigns I have participated in.”
During the last two years, Einhorn had to deal with the detention facility controversy, which divided village residents regarding immigration rules and the idea of having a facility within the village limits.
Plus, Einhorn said he was attacked personally by one of the other candidates.
“One of the other candidates tried repeatedly to throw dirt on me,” he said. “It was very gratifying to see that the village residents saw through that and realized it for what it was.”
Mark Wiater won re-election as trustee with 890 votes. Stephen Johnson, who had previously been an elected trustee, was elected to replace one of the retiring trustee positions, getting 766 votes. Dean Gaffney took third and got the final trustee spot with 754 votes.
Embattled District 205 Board President Ken Williams won re-election handily on Tuesday night.
With 86 out of 91 precincts reporting results, Williams led all candidates with 7,246 votes.
Bernadette Lawrence, a former School Board member who resigned for health reasons, came in second with 5,732 votes. Judith Gibbs, an ally of Williams, took the third board spot with 4,727 votes.
“I want to thank all of the voters and all of my constituents for their belief in me,” Williams said. “I am grateful and humble that they have confidence in me to continue what we have been doing.”
Williams was elected to his first term in 2008. He was elected board president in 2010.
Several members of the board tried to have Williams removed in 2010, and filed an injunction with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. Williams fought off the challenge and remained in office, even though he was asked to resign by the state's attorney’s office.
In February, the Cook County Electoral Board removed Williams from the ballot. He was eventually allowed back on the ballot.
Williams now has a majority of board members backing him, with Gibbs, Toni Williams, and Derrick Robinson on his party platform.