Per­ryville vot­ers se­lect Ryan, Ashby as com­mis­sion­ers

Eber­hardt wins un­con­tested

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— With only 8 per­cent of the town’s 2,653 vot­ers tak­ing part, Com­mis­sioner Ray­mond “Ray” Ryan was re-elected and Robert Ashby was cho­sen for the sec­ond seat on the board.

Mayor James “Jim” Eber­hardt won eas­ily with 180 votes from the 218 who came to the polls at town hall Tues­day.

Ryan gar­nered 134 votes,

PER­RYVILLE

with Ashby col­lect­ing 125. Com­ing in a close third with 113 votes was An­thony “Tony” Gerst.

There was only one ab­sen­tee bal­lot cast and three write-ins.

Ashby was over­whelmed by the re­sults.

“And it was that close,” he said mo­ments af­ter the re­sults were an­nounced. “I thought it would be about a hand­ful of votes and it was.”

Ryan was happy with the turnout, which was better than the last two elec­tion cy­cles in Per­ryville.

“I’m sur­prised over 200 showed up,” he said. “I’m glad to see the cit­i­zens com­ing out and speak­ing up.”

A year ago, turnout was even lower with 70 vot­ers tak­ing part, five of which were ab­sen­tees. In the 2014 elec­tion, which again in­cluded the may­oral race with an un­chal­lenged Eber­hardt, about 180 vot­ers came out.

Al­though this was Gerst’s first of­fi­cial bal­lot ap­pear­ance, he re­ceived 14 write-in votes in 2015.

As he shook hands and re­ceived con­grat­u­la­tions, Eber­hardt was re­minded he

said this would be his last term as mayor.

“Bon­nie (Ryan) re­minded me that I said, “This is my last term,” two years ago,” he said.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Mayor Jim Eber­hardt and Com­mis­sioner Ray Ryan en­joy their win in the town elec­tion Tues­day night.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Newly elected Per­ryville Com­mis­sioner Robert Ashby thanks Terri Grove for her ser­vice as an elec­tion judge.

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