By Igor Studenkov | For the Bugle
Incumbent Village of Niles mayor Andrew Przybylo won his second term by a sizable margin, earning almost four times as many votes as challenger Steven Yasell.
Other Niles area races that were competitive saw some changes. On the Maine Township Board of Trustees, the Democratic Party eked out as small win as one of the three candidates on its slate made it onto a traditionally Republican board. And on the Niles Public Library Board of Trustees, the only incumbent in the race lost his seat.
This year, Przybylo ran as part of the Promises Kept Party slate, which also included incumbent trustees George Alpogianis, Danette Mtays and John Jekot. Unlike the mayor, the trustees ran unopposed. The slate ran on the platform by building on the progress made during the mayor’s first four years in office, including continuing with flood mitigation projects, turning the Leaning Tower of Niles into a major cultural destination and improving businesses along the south portion of Milwaukee Avenue
Przybylo wound up getting 78.99 percent of the vote, earning 2,222 votes. By contrast, Yasell got 21.01 percent which amounted to 591 votes.