STURTEVANT — Village President Steve Jansen will serve for at least two more years following his victory in Tuesday’s election.
Jansen has served five straight terms as president and now will serve a sixth. Unofficially, he tallied 373 votes and his challenger, Village Board member John Johnson, 271.
In the race for three trustee (village board member) seats, incumbents Johnson, Chris Larsen and Chris Wright were also re-elected while former trustee Daryl Lynaugh lost. Unofficial vote totals were: Wright, 433; Larsen, 398; Johnson, 372; and Lynaugh, 299.
The presidential contest began with an unusual situation: two people each giving themselves two shots at public office by running for both village president and trustee. Incumbent trustee Johnson and Lynaugh sought the offices of president and trustee. Lynaugh was eliminated for the presidential contest in the February primary.
Jansen ran with a cloud hanging over his head: He has pleaded not guilty to felony stalking in a pending case for allegedly paying unwanted attention to a woman with whom he had a relationship.
Jansen said Tuesday night his re-election was gratifying and humbling — humbling because, “Everyone understands my little situation over the last year and a half or so, but at the same time they recognize the job the board has done.”
“We’ve got a good team, we really do,” he added.
Jansen said his next-term goal will be to improve Village parks and make them more attractive to residents.