MAHOMET — Voters opted for both stability and change on Tuesday, as they returned three incumbent village trustees to their seats, but defeated the current village president in a decisive 78 percent to 22 percent vote.
Village Trustee Patrick J. Brown defeated two-term incumbent Debra Braunig, who has served as village president since 2005.
Brown made infrastructure maintenance — particularly streets — a focus of his campaign, while Braunig emphasized her record of encouraging economic development.
Brown said he knocked on "nearly 1,200 doors" during the run-up to the election. "The biggest thing on everybody's mind is roads, especially in (downtown) Mahomet," he said.
But he added that this doesn't mean voters want to put economic development on the back burner.
In a statement early Wednesday morning, Braunig said, "I congratulate Patrick on his victory. It's been an honor to serve the community as mayor these last eight years. I'm deeply grateful to all those who faithfully and prayerfully support me."