Contested race for LaFayette trustee

By John A. Ballentine
LaFAYETTE – With a shortage of contested races and no major referendums in the upcoming April 2 election, voter turnout is expected to be light. But there is one local race that voters will decide.
There are four candidates for three trustee positions on the LaFayette Village Board. There are three incumbent candidates and one challenger who were asked why they were running. Three candidates responded.
• Clarence Wagher – Incumbent: “I want to help improve the community and I enjoy being on the board. A lot of people have thanked me for being on the board.”
• Richard Shipman – Incumbent: Several attempts to contact the candidate were unsuccessful.
• Vicki McRell – Incumbent: “I’m running to get things done in the community. And for a little diversity that is needed.”
• Leslie Peterson – Challenger: “My husband and I have lived in the community for 32 years. We raised our children here and now our grandchildren. I’m running for the betterment of the community and to enhance the lives of children in the community.”
Current trustees not up for election are: Larry Townsend, Chris Smith and Bethany Peterson.

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