Gartner leads Hanson, Ellis early for Antioch mayor
Incumbent Antioch Mayor Larry Hanson is trailing in his bid to win another term in a three-way race.
Attorney and entrepreneur Scott Gartner holds an early lead with 904 votes to Hanson's 500 and 206 for Stacy Ellis.
Hanson, who served 14 years as village trustee before being elected Antioch mayor in 2009, is seeking a fourth term. Ellis is the widow of Illinois State Trooper Gerald "Jerry" Ellis, who was killed two years ago by a drunken driver.
Gartner has said it's time for a change at the top, adding the village needs to develop a foundation that entices visitors and businesses downtown.
Hanson, a lifelong resident, cited the village's strong financial position, influx of new businesses and downtown programs as "real results" of experience.
Ellis has called for more transparency, responsiveness and accountability in local government