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Wednesday, April 18, 2007 01:41 am

“Right” on

GOP was on the money about election results

Untitled Document Republican predictions that their party would take control of the officially nonpartisan Springfield City Council came to fruition in Tuesday’s municipal election. Sangamon County Republican Party chairman Tony Libri predicted the outcome based on pre-election polling that showed Republican candidates leading in several contested wards [R.L. Nave, “Elephants in the room?” April 12]. Meanwhile, the Democrats who prevailed — Gail Simpson in Ward 2, incumbent Frank Kunz of Ward 3, Sam Cahnman of Ward 5, and incumbent Mark Mahoney of Ward 6 — are a motley bunch whose alliances with Mayor Tim Davlin may not be as solid as some Democrats would like. In Ward 10 — formerly represented by Ald. Bruce Strom, who lost his bid to replace Davlin — Republican county board member Tim Griffin beat Barry McAnarney, a Democrat, in what Libri characterized last week as the party’s most expensive contest. In Ward 8, Kris Theilen, who was endorsed by a couple of county Republican powerhouses in outgoing incumbent Irv Smith and Sangamon County Sheriff Neil Williamson, bested George Petrilli. In Ward 7, which had been represented by Judy Yeager for 12 years, another Republican county board member, Debbie Cimarossa, defeated Joe Rock. Steve Dove, who was also backed by Republicans, will succeed Tom Selinger as alderman in Ward 9. Frank Edwards, who was unopposed in Ward 1, regained his seat by default. Ward 4, a predominantly working-class area, will also be represented by Republican Frank Lesko, who defeated Mike Buscher, who had the backing of outgoing incumbent alderman Chuck Redpath. Lesko’s victory ensures that the council will continue to maintain its unusual triple-Frank dynamic, despite the departure of Ward 2 Ald. Frank McNeil. Whether he’ll be the frankest, franker, or just another Frank remains to be seen.
Contact R.L. Nave at rnave@illinoistimes.com
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