Bolivar mayoral candidates separated by 2 votes

June 08, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

BOLIVAR, W.Va. - The race for mayor in Bolivar was a cliffhanger Tuesday night with Mayor Tim Collins leading by two votes in his race against challenger Ed Hall, according to complete, unofficial returns.

Also, there were four provisional ballots in the election which were not counted, said poll worker Helen Becker.

Provisional ballots means paperwork associated with the ballots did not look right, but the people who cast them were allowed to vote, Becker said.

The provisional votes will be reviewed by a canvassing board Monday night at the Bolivar Community Center, where the voting was conducted for the election.


Collins collected 114 votes compared to Hall's 112 votes, according to returns.

Residential development was an issue in the election.

Collins said he was running for re-election because he wanted to work on a stormwater management plan for the town. Recent development in the area has affected natural water flow in the town, and there are problems with standing water, Collins said.

Hall said he wanted to head up an effort to have detailed plans for any future housing development in town.

Seven candidates were running for five open seats on the Bolivar Town Council.

The top five vote-getters were Mary Rutherford with 183 votes, Robert Hardy with 173 votes, Donna Howe Callar with 157 votes, John Paul Hafer with 146 votes and Carrie Ellen Gauthier with 128 votes.

Bob Stewart finished with 98 votes and Elizabeth Kerwin-Nisbet had 90 votes.

In Bolivar, the pay for mayor will be $3,000 a year starting on July 1. Council members will be paid $2,400 a year.


Ranson, W.Va., also had a city election Tuesday.

The only contested race in Ranson was between Ranson City Council member Kim Bittle and Sonny Carroll. Bittle beat Carroll, picking up 38 votes compared to Carroll's 24 votes.

Mayor David Hamill, who was unopposed in the race, received 59 votes.

Duke Pierson, who was running unopposed for the at-large council seat, received 59 votes.

In Ranson, council members earn $2,400 a year and the mayor is paid $4,800 a year.

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