Spring Valley; Peru appear to choose new Mayors

PERU – A number of Mayoral races appeared settled after the election Tuesday. In Peru challenger Ken Kolowski bested incumbent Scott Harl by an unofficial vote total of 1,485 to 1,394. Spring Valley will welcome their first woman mayor, with Melanie Malooley-Thompson taking over 39% of the vote in a crowded field of four other candidates. In other contested Mayor races, Earlville will likely not be settled for a few days, as only five votes separates incumbent Michael Hall and the challenger holding a small lead, Mark Actis. Utica appears to have chosen to stay the course, keeping incumbent president David Stewart. In Ladd, Frank Cattani will be the next village president.