Voters in a number of Central Illinois communities will choose mayors and village presidents on April 9.

Alphabetically by town, the following candidates are running as independents unless otherwise specified.

Armington: Village President Jo Ann Williams, 74, faces trustee Michael Rodman, 46, an information technology worker with State Farm Insurance, Bloomington.

Cornell: Village President Mark Wayman faces trustee Steve Rapp, 64, a retired teacher at Cornell Grade School.

Cullom: Village President Margeurite Kross, a retired teacher, faces trustee Barbara Hahn, 57, proprietor of garden statuary company Hahn Industries.

Downs: Village trustee Michael James, 45, faces Larry Stark, 55, a network analyst for State Farm Insurance, compete without an incumbent. Cliff White is a write-in candidate.

Dwight: Village President Bill Wilkey faces Ryan Van Der Karr and trustees Jared Anderson and Marla Kinkade.

Fairbury: Mayor Robert Walter Jr. faces former mayor and alderman Roger Dameron, 66, owner of Indian Creek Realty.

Heyworth: Village President Larry Mowery, 61, a retired IDOT supervisor, faces Andy Nowlin.

Hopedale: Village President August Eilts, 54, owner of Eilts Electric Co., faces Eric Shipton.

Lostant: Village President Milton Hartenbower, owner of cable and internet service Hart Electric, faces John Wever, 47, an auto mechanic who will step down from the Lostant Grade School Board.

Mackinaw: Village President Craig Friend faces board member Mike DeChaney, 62, a retired operating engineer.

McLean: Michael West faces Thomas Swearingen.

Mount Pulaski: Mayor James Fuhrer, 63, a retired set-up operator with Eaton Corp., Lincoln, faces Dennis Clemons Sr., 55, a former alderman and engineering technician with the Illinois Department of Transportation, and Charles Friend, 45, a highway maintainer with IDOT.

Odell: Brian Mills faces Terry Joyner in a race with no incumbent. Both men are Pontiac Correctional Center officers.

Ransom: Village President Randy Stillwell faces William Warwick, 41, a reactor operator at H.B. Fuller in Seneca.

Saybrook: Ronald Stauffer faces former mayor Jerome Nord, 73, a retired insurance agent.

Towanda: Mayor Doug Porter, 54, an employee at Country Financial, Bloomington, faces Thomas Wagner, 46, owner and operator of Wagner Remodeling.

Wapella: Village President Mark Miller, 64, of the Citizens Party, faces Rich Karr of the Peoples Party.

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