PRINCETON — The absentee ballots are in, and the April 4 consolidation election results have been finalized.
Bureau County Clerk Kami Hieronymus said of the 53 absentee ballots from around the county, only five more came back following the election. Most were from the western side of the county.
The only change was to the final results for the Bureau Valley School Board building proposition to issue $17 million. The yes votes increased from 604 to 606, and the no votes increased from 1,610 to 1,611. The proposition remains defeated.
In Princeton, it's now official to say Ray Swanson will take the second seat on the Princeton City Council. The absentee ballots did not change the outcome of the close race between Swanson and Hector Gomez. Swanson remains with 505 votes and Gomez with 502 votes.
Swanson will be seated with commissioner Ray Mabry who was re-elected to fill a second term on the council. Mabry collected 932 votes during the election. The commissioners will be officially seated at the next regular council meeting on Monday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers.
Also on the Seatonville Village Board, there were three seats open and a three-way tie between candidates Shawn Haslam, Carl Neuhalfen and Jared Puente for the second and third seat on the board.
Hieronymus said a lotto usually would determine which two candidates would fill the last two open seats. However, Neuhalfen has come forward and said he doesn't wish to hold office. The county clerk's office is currently working to have his name officially removed from the race. With this development, that would mean Haslam and Puente will be seated with Cody Loch who collected 45 votes.
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