Following the counting of remaining mail-in and provisional ballots on Tuesday, the tight race to be the next mayor of Shorewood appeared to be settled.
Clarence “CC” DeBold edged out his opponent, Dan Anderson, by a mere 30 votes, according to the unofficial final count from the Will County Clerk’s Office. DeBold earned 1,107 votes, or 50.7%, and Anderson earned 1,077 votes, or 49.3%.
The election results will be certified on April 27.
Both DeBold and Anderson are sitting members of the Shorewood Village Board. DeBold has served nearly one full term on the board and is a firefighter with the village of Bolingbrook.
“I think this will be a great opportunity for Shorewood,” DeBold said.
He added that he aims to reach out to other village elected officials in the near future as he prepares to start his term.
Anderson said he may have fallen short due to newer residents in town. He added that he’s served in village government for 24 years but can now focus on his busy auto recycling business.
“I was up to the challenge,” he said. “Sometimes things work out for the better. I’ll miss it, but I got plenty to do.”
Anderson also said DeBold may have had the edge with the support from local building trades and teachers unions.
In the race for three seats on the Shorewood Village Board, Diane Lambert, Rick Chapman and Donald Carroll won out. No candidate ran for village clerk.
Chapman is the sitting mayor and was first elected in 2001. He decided not to run for reelection to spend more time with his family, but still wanted to be involved in village government.
DeBold said he hopes having his soon-to-be predecessor on the board will be beneficial and that they can learn from each other.
Lambert is the sitting village clerk. Chapman said the new board will have to appoint a replacement for her in the clerk’s office.
The elected officials of the village of about 17,500 residents will oversee significant projects, including deciding on a new water source and major construction on Route 52.
Source: The Daily Chronicle