The town of Normal’s At-large council will look a little different, now that incumbents R.C McBride and Jeff Fritzen no longer have a seat.
Instead two new faces emerged as the top vote getters in what shaped out to be a tight 8 way race.
Stan Nord finished in first place securing just shy of 3,000 votes and Karyn Smith finished third behind Kathleen Lorenz but well ahead of McBride and the others.
The two say they are extremly grateful to family and friends for helping them achieve this goal but they acknowledge their work has just begun.
“One of the first things I want to tackle is I want to meet with Pam Reece who is the City Manager and have her spend time with me on the existing budget for the town,” said Smith. “I want to know in greater detail how it is developed.”
Nord says one of the things he wants to do is try to get the Bloomington and Normal councils working together and on the same page to help business owners and residents.
“We’ve got to look at how we can become more efficient as a community,” he said. “Because if another business leaves Bloomington or Normal it is going to affect both towns and we have got to start looking at how we can do things more efficiently. We need to save our residents tax money otherwise we are going to kick people out.”
Both Nord and Smith will be sworn into the council on May 6th.