Three of five incumbents get nod in Prospect Heights
Prospect Heights residents will have only a couple new faces in their elected leadership, according to unofficial results of Tuesday night's consolidated municipal races.
Three out of five incumbents on the ballot were poised to hold onto their seats on the city council, as well as in treasurer and city clerk positions.
In the 2nd Ward, challenger Larry Rosenthal led 12-year incumbent John Styler 297 votes to 107 votes with all precincts reporting, according to unofficial totals.
During the campaign, Rosenthal and Styler clashed over Freedom of Information Act requests, which Styler said were a nuisance for the city to fulfill as Rosenthal and his neighbors at Rob Roy repeatedly asked for information about their water bills.
In the 3rd Ward, R. Scott Williamson was headed to a second term on the council, tallying more votes than his two challengers, Marcia Jendreas and John Mondala. Williamson had 220 votes to Jendreas' 197 votes and Mondala's 90 votes.
All three candidates have close ties to the city. Jendreas served for a term in the 1990s and has volunteered throughout the city in years since, and Mondala worked as a Prospect Heights health inspector for nine years.
In the 4th Ward, incumbent Patrick Ludvigsen, who has served three terms and once filled in as interim mayor, was headed to a fourth term. He had 346 votes, compared to challenger John "Doc" Rana's 173 votes.
In the treasurer race, three-term incumbent Richard Tibbits also got the nod for another term, with 958 votes compared to challenger Kathryn Michaely's 547 votes.
In the clerk's race, Wendy Morgan Adams had 845 votes, while incumbent Stacey Adamson garnered 680 votes.
Mayor Nick Helmer, who was unopposed in his re-election bid Tuesday, led an effort to eliminate the elected positions of both clerk and treasurer last year, but residents voted via referendums in November 2014 to keep the positions. Both Michaely and Morgan Adams said they were approached by Helmer to run for the positions after the measures to eliminate the positions failed.