VILLAGE OF ELM GROVE – It will be more of the same on the board of trustees in Elm Grove.
Incumbents swept the top three spots in Tuesday’s spring election.
Patty Kujawa led the way among village voters, garnering 30.1 percent of the votes with 845 ballots.
“I’m feeling really good. I’m excited to go back to the job and continue working for Elm Grove, this is great,” Kujawa said. “We have some serious issues that we have to deal with moving forward and I’m really excited to be a part of it.”
Kujawa was followed closely by Katy Cornell, who had 797 residents cast ballots for her, good for 28.4 percent of the vote total.
While an incumbent, the election day victory is a first for Cornell, who was appointed to a vacant seat on the board last summer following the resignation of Jack Nelson.
Thomas Michalski claimed the final available seat on the board, finishing ahead of Jim Koleski 699 (24.9 percent) to 455 (16.2 percent).
“I’m feeling grateful. That’s what I’m really feeling to be honest,” Michalski said. "This isn’t like the presidential election where there’s polls and you know where everybody stands. I just had no idea, so I am a little bit relieved but I am also very grateful. I am honored that the residents allowed me to come back.”
Koleski was gracious in defeat.
“First, I’d like to thank and congratulate Tom, Katy and Patty on their election," Koleski said. "I chose to run for village trustee so that all my neighbors’ views and concerns would be heard and considered. During the process I met a lot of talented and great people that are passionate about Elm Grove and I want to thank everyone for their support."
Koleski said he's disappointed but not surprised.
"It’s difficult running against incumbents," Koleski said. "I gave the people a choice.”