Perryville voters select Ryan, Ashby as commissioners
Eberhardt wins uncontested
— 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,
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.
Mayor Jim Eberhardt and Commissioner Ray Ryan enjoy their win in the town election Tuesday night.
Newly elected Perryville Commissioner Robert Ashby thanks Terri Grove for her service as an election judge.