COAL VALLEY -- Voters won't know until sometime Wednesday who won the mayor's race in Tuesday's election.
Rick Lasek, a trustee running on the Conservative ticket, was the only candidate listed on the ballot, but Emil Maslanka conducted a highly visible campaign as an official write-in candidate. His vote totals won't be available until Wednesday morning, Chief Deputy County Clerk John Brown said.
Mr. Lasek had 246 votes, far fewer than his three fellow Conservatives running unopposed for the village board. Their totals ranged from 436 to 467 votes.
"I remain optimistic. I think there's been a lot of support in the community," said Mr. Maslanka. "Regardless whether I win or lose, I would like to thank the residents for the support they gave me in the election."
Mr. Maslanka said he believes he had an impact with residents and inspired them to become more involved, saying the election was about having a choice. He hopes community involvement continues with residents.
Mr. Lasek declined to comment.
Three trustee seats were open, with three candidates running unopposed. Cherie Meyer, Richard Stone and Dale Keppy won four-year terms each.
In the small bit of the village in Henry County, Mr. Lasek had six votes, and the trustee candidates had 6 and 7.