August 22, 2014

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Wellington mayor wins again, vows it’s her last election

WELLINGTON — Incumbent Mayor Barbara A. O’Keefe was tickled with her re-election victory Tuesday over Wellington Councilman Hans M. Schneider and said this is absolutely her last election bid.

“I told everybody to throw away the election signs,” joked O’Keefe, 72, who has served as mayor since 1993. “I really appreciate the voters’ support.”

O’Keefe won handily, receiving 861 votes to the 513 received by Schneider, or 63 percent to 37 percent, according to unofficial results.

Four years ago, O’Keefe said that would be her last election. This time, O’Keefe said, she really will retire after completing her final term.

She said she decided to run one last time to oversee the construction of the railroad underpass for state Route 58 and some other unfinished projects.

For his part, Schneider congratulated O’Keefe and said he will be back in four years.

“I was outvoted at the polls, but she certainly did not outwork me,” said Schneider, who also plans to run for re-election to Council in two years.

“I’m definitely running (for mayor) in four years,” Schneider said. “I’ll throw my hat in the ring tonight.”

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.