Albion election winners include Angel Javier Jr. for mayor, Tim McMurray and Joyce Riley for trustees

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 March 2022 at 10:04 pm

ALBION – Angel Javier Jr. won a three-person race for village mayor, receiving 378 votes to 195 for Vickie Elsenheimer and 137 for Kevin Graham.

Angel Javier Jr.

Javier, 32, ran with under the Republican line and independent “Better Together Albion Strong.” His four-year term starts when he is sworn into office on April 4.

He campaigned with Tim McMurray, who led four candidates for trustee with 440 votes. Joyce Riley, a Democrat, also was elected with 326 votes. Other trustee candidates included Dan Conrad with 301 votes and Sandra Walter with 206.

The newly elected board members will succeed Mayor Eileen Banker and Trustees Stan Farone and Gary Katsanis.

Javier said during the campaign he wouldn’t take the mayor’s salary, which is almost $10,000 a year. He owns the former Family Hardware building in downtown Albion and works at Rochester Gas & Electric as a pipefitter apprentice.

He said he has been connecting with businesses and residents during the campaign.

The new officials take office and face the pressing task of putting together a village budget by April 30. The current budget is about $7 million. The Village Board at its April 4 meeting also will approve appointments to village committees and some staff positions.

“I am fully aware that we have major fiscal constraints facing us as a Village, but I firmly believe that with an innovative and positive ‘can do’ approach, we can significantly improve the quality of life here in many ways – particularly for our youth,” Javier wrote in a letter in the Lake Country Pennysaver on March 13.