Tom Mills Wins Elmwood Park Recall
Challenger Tom Mills will serve as president until the April general elections.
The road to recall for the Elmwood Park Village President ended Tuesday with the announcement that Tom Mills emerged the winner.
A total of 213 ballots were cast out of 359 registered voters. Mills garnered 134 votes while Viau ended up with 79 votes.
Village President Audrey Viau was targeted for recall after residents said she bungled the process when Walmart was looking to build a Neighborhood Market on the old Kohl's site at Lathrop and Durand Avenues. Walmart withdrew its petition on Aug. 29, saying the site was no longer a viable option.
The Friends group formed to oppose the Walmart development and to gather the signatures needed to oust Viau.
After the results were announced, Nick Haas, a member of the Friends, said he couldn't be happier with the results.
"We're very pleased that Tom prevailed," he said. "We're pretty pumped that the voices of the people were heard."
Viau has until Friday to challenge the results of the election and ask for a recount, Village Clerk Veronica Rudychev said. If Viau does not challenge, then Mills will be sworn into office and officially take his place at the head of the table at the Oct. 11 Village Board meeting.