BY CALEB ALEXANDER
Five towns in Clinton County have new mayors after this year’s elections but there are three where the incumbent held off a challenge.
Aviston’s new mayor will be Michael Kampwerth who had 544 votes or 68 per of those cast winning by a big margin over real estate agent and auctioneer John Kues who had 221 votes, about 27 per cent. Kampwerth was on the village board there and succeeds Dale Haukapp as village president/mayor.
The incumbent village president in Beckemeyer, Joshua Mensing, won easily over Trustee Bob Crippen. That margin was Mensing with 136 votes, 56 per cent, compared to 67 or 27 per cent for Crippen.
In Breese, Alderman Kevin Timmermann was not opposed and is taking over as mayor from Charlie Hilmes who did not run again.
People in Carlyle expressed their satisfaction with the job incumbent Mayor Judy Smith has been doing by choosing her with 466 votes, beating opponent Bradley Hoffman Sr. by a margin of more than two to one.
Centralia Mayor Herb Williams had only 50 votes or about 16 per cent and was ousted from office by challenger Bryan Kuder who had four times as many votes with 205 for an easy win.
Germantown Mayor Duane Ripperda did well in getting reelected with 160 votes or 46 per cent holding off a challenge from Eric Deering.
New Baden Mayor Christy Picard chose not to run for another term so taking over her position will be Trustee Taylor Zurliene who had 251 votes, 41 per cent, in winning against another trustee, Randy Linthicum, who had 163 votes, 27 per cent, and former trustee Rafael Him with 155 votes or 25 per cent.
In another contested race involving two aldermen, Andrew Weh from Ward 2 beat Scott Mohme from Ward 1 in the election for Trenton mayor. Weh had 399 votes or 59 per cent over 224 or about 33 per cent for Mohme. Weh replaces Kyle Jones there.
The village presidents or mayors getting reelected without any opposition were Stephen Schomaker in Albers, Butch Mathus Jr. in Wamac, Brian Jones in Huey, Daniel Korte in Keyesport, Jack Wilken in Bartelso, Herman Jansen Jr. in Damiansville and Dominic Wessel in St. Rose.