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4/11/2013 2:04:00 PM
Schofield wins big in Palestine
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Voters in Palestine decided to keep their mayor in office for another four years.

Pat Schofield was re-elected by a wide margin, winning 281 votes. "I'm so thrilled, I'm just over the moon," Schofield told the Daily News after her victory. "I think the vote is a testament to the people of the Village of Palestine."

Schofield won 69.73 percent of the vote. Her nearest challenger was Candy Carter who won 62 votes from 15.38 percent and was followed closely by Earnie Mendenhall who won 60 votes from 14.89 percent.

During her term, Schofield has worked with the village trustees on a number of projects including improvements to the village's sewer department and closed a large deficit in sewer department bill collection and also responded with the trustees to resolve a crisis when a sinkhole developed in town.

"The trustees are the arm that get's things accomplished and I just work with them," Schofield said. "I'm so pleased the people could see the things we have been able to do."

Palestine voters also returned two incumbent trustees to the Palestine Village Board. Long-time trustee Gene Purcell was re-elected with 307 or 27.88 percent of the vote and J.R. Dunlap was re-elected to a second term with 243 or 22.07 percent of the vote. Ricky Stork won his first term on the village board to finish the term of departing trustee Larry Miller. Stork was elected with 247 or 22.43 percent of the vote.

George Harrison was defeated after getting 189 or 17.17 percent and William Snyder netted 115 or 10.45 percent of the votes.

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