SIDNEY — A village board member has been elected the first new village president in Sidney in eight years.
Charles "Chuck" White won a three-way race Tuesday to replace John Finn, who did not seek re-election. White works at SuperValu.
White captured 155 votes, or 46.83 percent, to beat fellow village Trustee Mark Catron, who received 112 votes, or 33.84 percent. Cynthia "Cyndi" Weise-McCloud trailed both with 64 votes or 19.34 percent.
"I figured I had a 50/50 chance," White said.
White said most voters he talked to during his campaign were concerned with water issues and with the spending of money.
"Most of them understand why water rates are going up," White said.
White said he anticipates he will "probably just trying to keep spending down and get projects done that are more pressing. That'll be the biggest part of it. We'll go day to day from there, getting everything prioritized."
White said one of the biggest concerns for the village will be how to pay for repairs and maintenance to the village's water system.
"Some of these lines have been in the ground for 80 or 90 years," he said.