The Republican team won all three contests in Geneseo Tuesday, albeit by somewhat narrow margins. Republican newcomer Tom Lagrou led the 4-way contest for village board with 384 votes in unofficial returns. His running mate John Fox, also a political newcomer, edged out Democrat Margaret Duff for the second spot by 19 votes 376-357.
Incumbent Democrat and Deputy Mayor Bob Wilcox finished fourth with 340 votes. This result flips control of the Village Board to the Republicans who now will hold a 3-2 edge. In the Village Justice race, Republican attorney Brad Jansen defeated Democrat Bill Brennan, a retired Geology professor at the college by 399-326.
The fact that the college was on Spring Break this week may have lowered turn-out and hurt Democrat chances. Overall the turn-out was only 21.1 per cent with 732 people voting. In District 2 which is mainly composed of college students the turnout was 3.7 %, with only 33 of 895 registered voters participating.
The Democrats had better news in Avon, where Democratic Village Trustee Tom Freeman ousted incumbent Republican Mayor Tom Vonglis by a substantial margin 473-256. The Republicans were able to capture the two trustee seats, however, with victories by incumbent Bill Zhe and newcomer Robert Hayes. Turn-out in Avon was 33.5 per cent, with 733 voting.