April 6, 2011
Mandi Steele/FULTON SUN photo: (Left) Robert Craghead congratulates LeRoy Benton for his win Tuesday night at the Callaway County Courthouse after the election results came in. Wayne Chailland (middle) won his bid for Ward 1 Fulton Councilman.
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Benton returns to lead council
With four incumbents returning as well as a former council member as the new mayor, there will be plenty of experience on the Fulton City Council for the next year. Ward 1 Councilman Wayne Chailland — the only incumbent to face an official opponent — defeated write-in Michael Harrison with 83.55 percent of the vote to join Ward 2 Council Members Mary Rehklau and Lowe Cannell and Ward 3 Alderman Richard Vaughn in returning for another term. Former council member LeRoy Benton won the mayor’s seat with 57.92 percent of the vote. In Ward 4, newcomer Rick Shiverdecker also had a commanding lead over write-in candidates Charles E. Williams Jr. and April Teel with 70.54 percent of the vote.