Woodstock City Council will seat three new elected officials this spring, but the race is tight.
Lisa Lohmeyer, Wendy Piersall and Darrin Flynn are front-runners. Lohmeyer has 1,899 votes, Piersall has 1,392, and Flynn has 1,325.
Tom Grell is just 10 votes behind Flynn, with 1,315 votes.
All precincts and early votes have been counted but the results are unofficial.
Michael Stanard received 613 votes. He lost a bid for City Council in 2017 and owns One Zero Charlie, a Woodstock-based design and advertising company.
Three will replace incumbents Dan Hart, Mark Saladin and Maureen Larson, who didn’t run for re-election.
Piersall is a writer and publisher. She runs Woo! Jr. Kids Activities; owns Lake Marine and RV with her husband, Dave Piersall; and serves on the Promote Woodstock advisory council and Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House commission. She has lived in Woodstock for five years.
“I’m feeling cautiously optimistic,” Piersall said Tuesday night. “I’m not celebrating entirely, but I’m happy with where I’m at. I have said all along that it will come down to a close race. That’s the history of Woodstock elections, so I’m not surprised at all.”
Lohmeyer is a local insurance agent who has lived in Woodstock her entire life, aside from her college years at Illinois Wesleyan University. She has said her priorities are to represent the younger demographic and bring economic and residential growth to the city.
“Woodstock’s strong sense of community combined with the opportunity to support its residents, while learning and growing professionally among family appealed greatly to me,” she said in a campaign statement. “To further put down roots here, I bought a house and continue to get involved in my community.”
Flynn is a co-owner of D&A Salon Apothecary on the Square and serves on the Promote Woodstock advisory council. He is on the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce board and has lived in Woodstock with his husband for about a year. Their salon has been in Woodstock for three years.
Grell has lived in Woodstock for 41 years, and is currently raising two children with wife Annette. He works as a technical sales representative for the Sherwin-Williams Company. His platform is to bring economic development and growth to Woodstock in the form of more manufacturing companies, retail businesses and housing. The goal is to increase revenue to lower property taxes and repair the streets and infrastructure.