White leads pack after primary

Four advance to April election for two seats

Feb. 18, 2009

Political newcomer Michael White edged out incumbent Randall Perry for the most votes in the primary election Feb. 17 for two three-year seats on the River Hills Village Board.

They, along with Cordelia Gelly and Victor Harding, will advance to the April election. William Lemorande was eliminated from the race.

The vote total, according to unofficial results:

Michael White

224

Randall Perry (i)

214

Cordelia Gelly

198

Victor Harding

198

William Lemorande

29

Election results remain unofficial until they are certified by the board of canvassers, which met after press deadline.

White captured 26 percent of the vote, Perry, 24.8 percent, and Gelly and Harding, 22.9 percent each. Lemorande got 3.4 percent.

Noting that the primary was close, White said of the remainder of the campaign, "It will be a lively debate."

"I appreciate the confidence the residents showed in me and I look forward to the April election," he said.

Asked what may have been important to voters, White said, "The property rights issue seems to have been in the forefront."

He was referring to the controversy over whether River Hills should widen the environmental corridor along the Milwaukee River from 5 feet and to further regulate what homeowners can do in that environmentally sensitive zone.

The other candidates were unavailable for comment.

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- Jane Ford-Stewart, Staff Writer

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