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Unofficial results of Herrings election announced

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HERRINGS — If the unofficial count holds true, the village will have a completely new board in the new year. No candidates were named in the Nov. 5 elections, but 35 write-in ballots were submitted.

Write-in and absentee ballots were examined by the Jefferson County Board of Elections.

The unofficial results have Christal L. Loeffler with 29 votes ousting Richard A. Beirman, who had 14 votes in the mayoral race. The unofficial vote for two trustee seats had James D. Camidge with 27, David M. Arnold with 24 and Ellen Hartle and Marilyn G. Shaw with 13 each.

“Woo hoo — awesome,” was Mrs. Loeffler’s response upon hearing the news. “People wanted a change. That’s why I was elected.”

The mayor-elect said she plans to serve the full two-year term despite rumors to the contrary.

“I want to move forward with the water project and move ahead with the cleanup of the Crown Cleaner property,” Mrs. Loeffler said. She said one of her first moves will be to take a pay cut, since she claims the current board gave itself a pay raise in “tough economic times.”

“I really don’t care either way,” Mr. Beirman said. “I wanted to take time for my family following my brother’s death, but some villagers asked me to run. I just want to make sure the water project doesn’t stop.”

He also noted the board recently split billing for water and sewer to make it easier for low-income residents to pay.

“I hope that doesn’t change,” Mr. Beirman said.

Mr. Camidge and Mr. Arnold are no strangers to village politics. Mr. Beirman became interim mayor in January 2011 after Mr. Arnold resigned, citing health issues.

Mr. Beirman then was elected to a two-year term as mayor in November 2011. Mr. Camidge resigned as trustee the same day as Mr. Arnold.

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