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Evans, Sampson, Burns win races in Elizabeth

In Elizabeth, write-in candidate Brad Evans defeated incumbent at-large trustee Willard Haas, 39-26; West District Trustee Mike Sampson defeated former trustee Bill Miller, 45-26, and incumbent clerk-treasurer and former town manager Hugh Burns defeated first-time candidate Brittany Fredericks-Haas, 43-30.
Incumbent East District Trustee Chris Fetz was unopposed and had 65 votes.
Elizabeth has about 136 registered voters and 78 voted. Two ballots were thrown out because voters voted for two people for the same office. Election judge Gordon Treece said about 25 people from outside the town came to the polls at the American Legion Hornickel Post in hopes of voting but were turned away.
Burns said the fact that Evans, a write-in candidate, defeated an incumbent shows dissatisfaction with the town board. He thinks Evans, who could not be reached for comment last night, ‘might swing the council philosophy more toward the proper operation of a municipal government. The current town council has taken the State Board of Accounts manual and thrown it in the garbage.’
Sampson, 38, said he hopes the election will mean ‘we continue to go forward and make things better for Elizabeth.’ He plans to talk with townspeople to determine their priorities. Sampson said he’d like to see more police protection, look into a town sewer system that everyone can agree on, and settle an old lawsuit over Rose Hill Cemetery that goes back several years to a previous administration.