LYONS — Town voters shook up the Board of Trustees Tuesday, ousting the sitting mayor in favor of a former mayor, and shooting down a popular trustee’s bid for a fourth straight term.
Mayor Tim Kyer lost his seat to challenger Nicholas Angelo, who previously led the town from 1998 to 2000 before stepping down because of health concerns.
Angelo, who won 288-193, attributed his success to knocking on 500 doors in the weeks before the election.
“The key is grass roots in a town like Lyons,” he said. “You look people in the eye. You talk to them and they appreciate the fact that you take the time to talk to them.”
Kyer, who sat in on a bluegrass jam at Oskar Blues Grill and Brewery while waiting for results, made few comments after losing the race.
“The authority of the voters’ voice is to be respected, and that’s all I have to say,” he said.
Also on Tuesday’s ballot, voters overwhelmingly refused to throw out a rule limiting town officials to three consecutive two-year terms in office. The measure failed 309-164.
Trustee LaVern Johnson, a lifelong resident who was first appointed to the board in 1999 and won a seat in each of the next three elections, unsuccessfully ran for a fourth term as one of 10 board candidates.
Johnson finished eighth in the voting for six board seats, making her ineligible for another term even if voters had approved the term limits question.
“I’m certainly not going to cry about it,” she said, after spending most of the evening cruising from one election gathering to the next in her 1976 Chevy Cordova. “I’ll probably still go to most of the board meetings.”
The trustees placed the term- limits question on the ballot in a recent 4-2 vote, drawing fire from critics who felt term restrictions should be kept in place.
Johnson ran for re-election along with incumbents Manny Vasquez, Peter Baumgartner, Kris Hicar and Brian Donnell. The sitting trustees faced off against challengers Chris Combs, Devon Dix, Walt Kinderman, Jim Dougherty and David Goranson.
Vasquez, Donnell, Hicar, Baumgartner, Goranson and Combs won seats.
In total, 511 residents, or 41 percent of 1,232 registered voters in Lyons, cast ballots. As a result of the high turnout, town clerk Debbie Babler did not issue the final tally until about 1 a.m. this morning.
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Total ballots cast: 511