In their previous matchup, Bulan was the challenger when she ousted Anderson.
This time, as the incumbent, she secured another four-year term by winning 74 percent of the vote in Erie and Lorain counties, according to unofficial results.
Four years ago, Bulan dethroned Anderson for the $50,000-a-year position. Anderson served as mayor from 2006-09.
Bulan campaigned on her aggressive work to push for various upgrades in Vermilion. Since taking office in 2010, she has obtained about $2.8 million in grants, primarily benefiting area school safety, downtown businesses and residential neighborhoods.
“The voters have faith in me,” Bulan said. “We did a lot in the last four years, and we will continue to do a lot.”
Bulan said she’s most anxious to oversee various road improvements, funded through an income tax increase agreed upon by voters earlier this year.
The mayor also reminded voters of the alleged malfeasance during her opponent’s reign.
Local authorities charged Anderson’s finance director, Michelle Bowens, with felony theft after she stole taxpayer money. Bowens later paid about $10,000 back into city coffers after officials, under Bulan’s approval, sued her.
Anderson did not return multiple phone messages on her cell phone seeking comment.