NORMAL — Newcomer Scott Preston was the top vote-getter in the Normal City Council race Tuesday and will be joining incumbents Cheryl Gaines and Kevin McCarthy on their return to the council.

Preston, who was making his second attempt for a council seat, received 2,399 votes. Gaines was second with 2,238 and McCarthy third with 2,158.  In the 2009 election, Gaines beat Preston by about 500 votes.

Three seats were available on the at-large council. Councilman Adam Nielsen did not to seek re-election.

Jarrod Rackauskas, 32, an educator with the Stanford-based Olympia school district, came in fourth with 1,450 votes; Ron Ulmer, 64, a self-employed property manager and owner, was fifth with 1,409 votes; and Gary Ohler, territory manager for Liberty Mutual Insurance, was sixth with 1,344 votes.

This was the second time Ulmer and Ohler ran for a Normal City Council seat.

Mayor Chris Koos said Preston, 25, president/owner of Tomorrow Enterprises and assistant to state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, will “bring a youthful perspective to the council. I’m glad he’s on.”

It was a sixth-term win for Gaines, 58, chief executive officer/president of Collaborative Solutions.

McCarthy, 48, founder and president of Path Performance Inc., won his first full term.  McCarthy had been appointed in September to fill the unexpired term of Jason Chambers.  

City Council members make $4,800 annually.

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