By Frank Lewis
For the first time in decades, the voters of New Boston will be electing a new mayor. Although he has officially been serving in that capacity since the death of long-time Mayor Jim Warren, William “Junior” Williams will be the only name on the ballot when voters select a mayor on Nov. 3.
In July, with his wife of 36 years, Laura, at his side, Williams was sworn in as the village of New Boston’s 20th mayor Monday morning by Village Councilman Dan Fetty. Williams had been serving as acting mayor since Warren became ill several months before.
The Williamses have three children – Dustin, Amanda and Aaron. They also have seven grandchildren. Williams is employed as a superintendent for Tri-America Contractors, Inc. He had been the President Pro Tem of the New Boston Village Council budget director and Finance Committee Chairman for the last eight years.
“They (village council) are great guys,” Williams said. “We have some experienced councilmen and we have experienced employees, great employees and they’ll be fine. They’ll be fine. They’ve been great to work with. I’m sure they’re going to give me all the help I need.”
There will be a lot of familiar faces when he presides over Village Council meetings because there are four Council seats open and three of the four whose names are on the ballot are incumbents – Dan Fetty, Jon Mills and Mike Payton. Johnnie Steele is the fourth name rounding out the list of candidates.
Lana Loper is unopposed as clerk/treasurer of New Boston.
Voters will also decide on the New Boston village current expenses renewal for 1 mill/5 years.
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