By KEVIN BEESE
BROADVIEW | Katrina Thompson of the Broadview People’s Party earned the mayor’s post earning 45 percent of the 1,730 votes cast. Thompson more than doubled the vote of her nearest opponent, independent Vernon Terry, who got 19 percent of the vote, to become Broadview’s first elected woman and the first African American woman to hold the rank. The Better Broadview Party’s and current Trustee Judy Brown-Marino got 14 percent of the vote; independent Princess Dempsey got 12 percent of the vote; and Democratic candidate Maxine Johnson got 10 percent of the vote.
The Broadview People’s Party captured the three open village trustee posts. Mayor Sherman C. Jones, who was restricted from running for re-election because of village term limits, led the vote-getters for trustees netting 20 percent of the 4,610 votes cast. Joining him on the board are slate mates Verina Horne (16.5 percent) and Judy Abraham (16.5 percent).
Falling short were Trustee Diane Little, who ran as an independent (10.4 percent), Democratic candidate Sandra Taylor (8.5 percent), independents Andre Senior (7.7 percent) and Akheem Henderson (7.6) percent, and Democratic candidates Craig Flowers (7.2 percent) and Norlander Young (6.3 percent)
Village Trustee Kevin McGrier made it a clean sweep for the Broadview People’s Party, capturing the clerk’s position with 51 percent of the vote. He easily topped Democratic candidate Debra Gillespie (31 percent) and independent Shemeka Austin (18 percent)
Mayor Perkins: Maywood on right track
Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins has plenty of things on her to-do list for the next four years.
“We are going to do good things,” Perkins said this week. “We are going to get the streets done. We are going to get a grocery store. We are going to take empty lots in the village and put businesses on them; and we are going to get the village cleaned up.”
Perkins easily won re-election last week earning 44 percent of the 2,816 votes cast. Former Mayor and current Trustee Henderson Yarbrough Sr. was second with 28 percent of the vote. Trustee Antonette “Toni” Dorris was third with 19 percent of the vote; and Mary “May” Larry was fourth with 9 percent of the vote. Perkins was pleased with her strong showing Election Day. The mayor’s popularity with seniors helped her to an overwhelming victory. “I was not surprised,” Perkins said of the 16-percentage-point election victory.
Also on the mayor’s agenda for the next four years is improving lighting on village streets by going to LED lights, which will provide brighter streets at a lower cost to the municipality. She also wants to see the village establish a teen center for youth in the community, similar to the facility that Bellwood has in place offering tutoring and programs for young people.
“We are moving forward. We have come a long way in 3 ½ years. We have been productive,” Perkins said. “We have our audits all done. We have money in our (tax increment financing districts). We are going to fix several streets. Things are moving forward.”
Kimyade Wellington, who like Perkins ran as an independent, was the top vote-getter for trustee candidates, earning 13.4 percent of the 7,508 votes cast. Wellington’s name appeared with Perkins’ on many campaign signs. Antonio Sanchez was second, netting 13 percent of the vote; and Trustee Melvin L. Lightford retained his seat with 12.8 percent of the vote. The three earned the open seats on the Village Board, besting Audrey Jaycox (11.3 percent), Marcius Scaggs (9.6 percent), Emanuel Wilder (9.5 percent), Tanya Butler (9.4 percent), Joseph A. Wilson (8.3 percent), Drena Lanier (7.5 percent) and Sammie B. Rogers Jr. (5.2 percent).
Perkins believes that she can work with the new – and existing – trustees to get things accomplished for the village. “I look forward to working with who’s in the seats. I am pretty sure I can work with everyone,” Perkins said. “They said they wanted to work with whoever is in charge. I am going to hold them to that to get results and solve issues facing the village.” Keeping politics out of village decisions will help the village move forward, Perkins said. “It is about the community; it is not about individuals,” she said.
Perkins said she would be happy to have Trustee Mike Rogers, who opted not to seek re-election, involved in the village government at some point in the future. Rogers, a longtime architect who recently retired, opted not to run again in order to travel and because of “major personal things” happening in his life. Perkins said his expertise would benefit the village. “I offered him the opportunity to come back,” Perkins said. “He can sit on a board as a commissioner. I would be more than happy to have him involved.”
In the race for village clerk, Viola Mims retained the post, earning 40 percent of the 2.676 votes cast. Readith Ester was second with 33 percent of the vote; and Steven R. Smiley was third with 27 percent of the vote.