FRANKLIN GROVE – Bob Logan’s 20-year reign as village president has come to an end.
In Tuesday’s election, David Atkinson, a village trustee, defeated Logan with 133 votes, or 47 percent, to Logan’s 105 votes, or 37 percent. The other candidate, Tony Schaneberg, drew 45 votes, or 16 percent.
Atkinson, 34, said he was humbled “to say the least” that “everyday, average citizens” gave him their votes.
Logan, 59, said Atkinson is “a good guy.”
“I would like to congratulate him on winning,” Logan said. “I would ask our board to support him. There are a lot of difficulties ahead. I don’t see the economy improving ahead. I will help in the transition.”
About a quarter of the village’s population took part in the election.
In 2011, Logan announced he would run for the Lee County Board, but abandoned that quest months later, saying he wanted to focus on running the village.
In his campaign, he said he brought administrative ability as village president. He noted the village had no full-time administrative staff and that he had experience “bordering on paralegal.”
In the last few years, he has advocated for more regulation of wind farms, doing much research on the issue.