Village elections usually don’t command that many surprises.
However, last Tuesday’s Waterloo Village election turned out to issue one of those unexpected surprises as longtime trustee David Duprey saw his 20 year run on the board come to an end.
On Tuesday, absentee ballots were counted and the unofficial results were as follows:
John Butlak: 262 (winner)
Gina Suffredini: 245 (winner)
David Duprey: 229
Brian Preston: 96
Damon Monroe: 72
Duprey, a Democrat, added 34 votes to his total during the absentee count, but it wasn’t enough to erase an 18 vote deficit, which he faced after machine ballots were tallied.
Suffredini, also a Democrat, only lost a few votes to Duprey during the absentee ballot counts — which was still enough to secure another term as trustee.
Butlak, a Republican, was the newcomer to the political scene. His performance in absentee ballots was not nearly as impressive as his election day margins, but was still enough to secure the top spot.
Duprey has been a trustee in Waterloo since 1996.