Voters in the Village of Salem Lakes sent four incumbent board members packing this election cycle. In their place, they elected a new Village President, and three new board members. The four celebrated their commanding win at historic Stage Stop in Wilmot. Restaurant owner Chad Cantwell, an active supporter of the four challengers, donned giant signs on the side of the 170-year-old building that read “Change the Village Board.” Bucur and the three trustees dominated the incumbents by a 2-1 ratio.
President-Elect, Rita Bucur is married with two children and has lived in Salem Lakes for the past 22 years. Bucur is a print project manager at Uline.
Katherine (Kelly) Sweeting began her career as an owner/operator of a mid-size union contracting outfit that was sold just prior to the recession. Over the years Kelly was employed by many others as well and held several different titles. Kelly has been the following: a licensed real estate professional, an on-site construction/project manager, a senior construction administrator/account manager, and a senior development administrator.
Jared Young is married with three children and has been a resident of Salem Lakes his entire life. He graduated from Wilmot Union High School in 2002 and attended Gateway Technical College to study computer science. Jared joined the military in 2003 and in 2007, he was medically discharged after being injured in the Iraq War. While serving, Jared obtained Secret Security Clearance and Certification upon graduation from COMSEC school in Fort Gordon, GA. Jared is a superintendent at WALSH construction.
Bill Barhyte has been a resident of Salem Lakes his entire life. He has been married for 39 years and has four children and five grandchildren. Bill served four years in the Marine Corps, attained the rank of E-5 Sergeant, and served as a shop/squad Sergeant. Bill has also spent 41 years as a Volunteer/Paid-on-Call Firefighter at the Trevor/Salem Lakes Fire Department as a Lieutenant. Furthermore, he was elected to the Trevor/Wilmot Consolidated School District Board for approximately 25 years.
Another, challenger, Norm Kazumura, didn’t win a seat on the board, but defeated the two incumbents, Mike Culat and Ted Kmiec. Village President Tesar was voted out of office tonight and Dan Campion was voted out in the primary.
Please see a more in-depth story at KCE later this week.