Dom wins in Shepherdstown

June 07, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. - Lance Dom defeated Jim Auxer in the race for Shepherdstown mayor Tuesday, winning the seat with 165 votes compared to Auxer's 107 votes in the town's election, according to complete, unofficial returns.

In the seven-way race for five seats on the Shepherdstown Town Council, Wanda Grantham Smith was the leader with 204 votes, incumbent Jim Ford followed with 166 votes, Frank Salzano came in third with 164 votes, current Mayor Peter Wilson picked up the fourth open council seat with 157 votes and Howard Mills came in fifth with 152 votes, according to returns.

Incumbent Mark W. Smith was defeated with 138 votes and John Meeker finished with 133 votes, according to returns.

Recorder Cindy Cook won re-election with 159 votes compared to the 103 votes for Deborah Harding, according to returns.

Auxer, a former mayor of Shepherdstown, said Tuesday night he hopes the council follows through with the current projects being considered.


"I trust they will do as good of a job as the last administration," Auxer said.

Dom could not be reached for comment.

Dom, 56, of 203 W. German St., said previously that he decided to run for mayor after current Mayor Peter Wilson and others in town asked him to run. Wilson is completing his first term as mayor but decided to run for council in Tuesday's election.

Dom said previously that he thinks some of the important issues in town revolve around parking, the busy four-way stop in town and improving the town's street streetscape. While there are issues in town, Dom said he also thinks it is important that people not get too wrapped up in them or go too far in one direction.

Dom said late Tuesday that he was pleased with the election because it did not include a lot of negative campaigning.

He was very happy with the council members elected and believes he can work well with them.

"I'm glad it's over, but it was a good race," he said.

Auxer, 59, of 108 E. New St., was first elected mayor in 2000 and won re-election in 2002. He lost a re-election bid in 2002.

Ranson election

Voters in Ranson, W.Va., also went to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots for three seats on the Ranson City Council.

In the Ward 1 race, Scott Coulter received 99 votes, beating James Edward Williams with 31 votes, according to returns.

In the Ward II race, Donnie Haines received 92 votes compared to the 43 for Pete Breeden. Howard Glenville Shade won re-election to the at-large council seat, picking up 79 votes to defeat Teresa G. Hendricks who received 48 votes, according to returns.

Tony Braithwaite, who was unopposed for recorder, received 109 votes, according to returns.

The elected positions in Shepherdstown have two year terms. The mayor's salary is $2,000 a year, the recorder's salary is $1,500 a year and council members earn $1,200 a year.

In Ranson, council terms are four years and the salary is $2,400 a year.

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