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Hancock mayor re-elected

Murphy defeats Yost as he embarks on fifth term

Murphy defeats Yost as he embarks on fifth term

February 01, 2005|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy was re-elected to a fifth term Monday, beating sitting Councilman Greg Yost for the position by 78 votes, town Election Supervisor Lowell Younker said.

Incumbent Councilman Darwin Mills lost his bid for re-election, Younker said.

Mills, and candidates Maurice "Rusty" Wheeler, Robert Anthony McCusker and Frank Courtney were seeking two open seats on the council.

Wheeler, with 299 votes, and McCusker with 268 votes, won the seats, Younker said.

Mills received 240 votes and Courtney received 171 votes, Younker said.

Mills has been on the council for eight years. A Hancock native, Mills served as chief of the Hancock Police Department from 1974 to 1979. He was a Hancock police officer from 1964 to 1974.

Murphy received 285 votes and Yost received 207 votes.

The mayoral term is two years, while a council term is four years.

Younker said 443 people voted Monday, which was about 100 less than the last election two years ago. The town has about 1,000 registered voters.

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Murphy, a veterinarian in Hancock, was on the town council for four years before becoming mayor. He did not return a phone call Monday.

Yost, who served as a councilman for eight years, said the town's financial matters fueled his run for mayor.

"I didn't think it was fair to the taxpayers to raise taxes, raise water rates and raise sewer rates when we have over $900,000 in reserves," Yost said. "I just wanted to try to control the costs and ... the dollars better than it's being done now."

The Town Council voted in June to raise the property tax rate, water and sewer fees and the trailer tax in its $1.29 million fiscal year 2004-05 budget.

The Town Council also is considering raising rates for the upcoming fiscal year, he said.

Yost said the swearing-in ceremony will either happen before or at the next Town Council meeting, which is scheduled for Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

When asked whether he plans to run for town office again, Yost said he would keep his options open and plans to keep up with town issues.

"I'm not going away," he said.

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