LODA — Ron Dudley, a retired postal worker who heads the local Lions Club and American Legion post, will assume another leadership role in Loda after winning election Tuesday night as president of the village board.
Dudley received 66 of the 98 votes cast, breezing to a victory over John Zalaker (21) and Sandy Coffey (11).
"I want to thank everyone who voted for me. I appreciate their support, and I hope I do a good job for the village of Loda," Dudley said.
The president's position opened up when Carol Arseneau opted not to run again for a third consecutive four-year term.
Dudley, 64, has lived in Loda Township his entire life. He retired in 2009 from a 33-year career as a rural-route mail carrier for the Loda Post Office.
Dudley has never been elected to office before. He ran unsuccessfully for election as Loda Township commissioner in 2009 and unsuccessfully for a seat on the village board in the 1970s.
Meanwhile, Carol Arseneau, who has served as village president for the last eight years, edged out incumbent board member Doug Freed for the third and final available trustee seat up for election Tuesday night.
Arseneau received 57 votes; Freed received 38.
Besides Arseneau, also elected to four-year trustee terms were incumbent Roy Hilgendorf, 80 votes, and newcomer Patricia Allen, 69.
Board member Rick Gooden did not seek re-election.
Arseneau opted not to run again for the board president's post because she wanted to free up some of her time.