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Jim Forthofer defeats Fred Ostrander in Vermilion mayor's race

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    Jim Forthofer celebrates his victory in the Vermilion mayor's race with his wife Sue on election night at the Blind Perch in Vermilion on Oct. 7.

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    Jim Forthofer celebrates his victory in the Vermilion mayor's race with his wife Sue on election night at the Blind Perch in Vermilion on Oct. 7.

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    Jim Forthofer celebrates his victory in the Vermilion mayor's race with his wife Sue on election night at the Blind Perch in Vermilion on Oct. 7.

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    Jim Forthofer celebrates his win as Vermilion mayor on election night at the Blind Perch in Vermilion on Oct. 7.

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    Jim Forthofer celebrates his win as Vermilion mayor on election night at the Blind Perch in Vermilion on Oct. 7.

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    Jim Forthofer talks with campaign treasurer Suzanne Zadell, on election night at the Blind Perch in Vermilion on Oct. 7.

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VERMILION — Jim Forthofer will be the next mayor of the city, after defeating Fred Ostrander.

Forthofer, who had served as 3rd Ward Councilman, will replace Mayor Eileen Bulan, who did not seek re-election, after getting 64 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, 1,713 to 978, according to unofficial election results.

“I think, with much clarity, the voters of Vermilion chose the future rather than re-electing the past,” Forthofer said. “I think the things that we put forth as far as what the city needed to do, they (the voters) endorsed it whole-heartedly.”

Forthofer said he believes that Bulan has done an “outstanding job” but the election has “given the city a license to take it to the next step.”

At his watch party at the Vermilion Boat Club Tuesday, Ostrander, who served as 1st Ward Councilman, offered little comment other than to take issue with the fact that The Chronicle-Telegram’s editorial page editor chose to endorse Forthofer.

“You’re with that paper that picked the other guy,” Ostrander said. “Why don’t you go down to his party and sit with him?”

Forthofer said he was proud of the way he ran his campaign.

“I know we had a strong discipline of sticking to issues, on Facebook, in print and in our verbal communications,” he said. “I can’t speak for my competitor, but you can look at his material and see what his was a little more personal than ours was. We stuck to the issues, and that bore us through.”

“People vote for ideas; they don’t vote for negativity.”

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.



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