Newcomer Patrick Willis joins incumbents on Canton boardWritten by Caitlin Bowling
The Canton Town Board of Aldermen will now feature three old dogs and one new one.
Patrick Willis, who ran unsuccessfully in the last election, won a seat on the board with 312 votes.
“I am looking forward to working with the board,” Willis said. “I’d like to bring some new ideas, some new perspectives to the board.”
Willis said he thinks he will be able to work with the board to set some goals for the town.
As a member of StepUp Canton, Willis focused his campaign on economic development. Specifically, updating the town website, increasing communication between town officials and residents and marketing the town’s assets (e.g., its cheap housing and beautiful landscape) to draw new residents and businesses.
Willis said he expects there to be a small learning curve but he “deserve(s) to be there.”
Six candidates — three of whom were incumbents — ran for four seats on the Board of Aldermen. Jimmy Flynn, Kenneth Holland and Ed Underwood reclaimed their seats on the board. Mike Ray, the sole candidate for mayor, received 440 votes.
Mike Ray 440
Seats up for election: 4
Total seats on board: 4
Ed Underwood (I) 347
Jimmy Flynn (I) 313
Patrick Willis 312
Kenneth Holland (I) 292
Phil Smathers 275
Cecil Patton 82
Stanley Metcalf 72