Councilman William "Bill" Hennessy, Ward 4, has won the race for mayor of O’Fallon, with 54 percent of the vote beating out Councilman Pierce J. Conley, Ward 2, and James L. "Jim" Frain for a four year term.
Sitting Mayor Donna Morrow did not run for re-election.
At McGurk’s Public House, where he was having his victory celebration, Hennessy credited his win to knocking on doors.
"Me and my supporter hit 22,000 homes and the people listened," Hennessy said.
Hennessy is taking the helm of a city recently marked by scandal after an investigation into City Administrator Bob Lowery, Jr. and the early retirement of former Police Chief Jerry Schulte. Schulte said he was asked to step down by Lowery and Morrow, which they deny.
In the past, Hennessy said he would try to replace Lowery and that he thought the city has been going backwards for the last four years.
Hennessy works for Diebold installing bank equipment.
At the Trigg Banquet Center where Frain gathered with his supporters, a Johnny Cash song played as his granddaughters flitted around the room. Frain said he, his supporters and his family had worked really hard.
"I’m not going to stop," Frain said.
Frain said he would continue volunteering with the city because he was concerned about the future of O’Fallon. Frain said he was trying to contain his disappointment.
"The main thing is, I don’t want my granddaughters to be sad," Frain said.
Conley did not have a public gathering to watch the results and could not be reached for comment by Journal deadline.