NORMAL — Normal Mayor Chris Koos easily won re-election to his third full term on Tuesday, beating his closest opponent by nearly 1,000 votes.
Koos, 64, garnered 2,550 votes. Retiree Victor Connor, 60, came in second with 1,618 votes and businessman JeVaughn Martin, 33, was third with 232 votes.
“I felt good going into the election,” Koos said Tuesday night. “I got affirmation when going around the community; residents like what we’re doing.”
Koos said council and mayoral candidates put a lot of work into their campaigns and “It’s a shame the voting public wasn’t more energized.”
Only 4,400 votes were cast in Normal.
Connor thought the results show people are uninformed.
“People don’t get it,” he said, contending the bottom half of Normal residents can’t afford to live in the town.
Martin said he was “very, very encouraged” by the 232 votes he received and hopes to work with Koos on some of the issues that came up during the campaign, including more involvement by residents and updating the town’s social media apps.
During his campaign, Connor said the major function of a municipal government should be taking care of its infrastructure. He opposed spending any more money on uptown redevelopment, saying it only benefits a few.
He also pledged to allow residents time to talk at each council meeting.
Martin, owner of JVM Productions and a business analyst at State Farm Insurance Cos., proposed Bloomington and Normal join forces to build fire stations in areas that could serve both municipalities.
He wanted to reach out to the “emerging majority” by offering career building workshops and offender-forgiveness hiring incentives for businesses.
Koos, owner of Vitesse Cycle Shop and Often Running, touted the town’s AAA credit rating and its high quality basic services that are provided at affordable rates. He also said uptown is the envy of communities across the nation.
The mayor’s post pays $18,000 annually.