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Mayor says challenged ballots not enough to change election

June 14, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - There were two challenged ballots in Tuesday's town election, but they are not enough to change the outcomes of the races, Mayor Jim Addy said Wednesday.

The challenged or provisional ballots will be reviewed by town council members when they meet as a canvassing board on Monday at 7 p.m. at city hall at the intersection of Washington and Union streets, Addy said.

In the mayor's race, Addy picked up 103 votes to beat Greg Vaughn, who had 34 votes, according to returns.

There were seven candidates for five town council seats, and the top five vote-getters were incumbent Charlotte Thompson with 90 votes; incumbent Dan Riss with 86 votes; Brenda Soenecken with 79 votes; Bob Johnson with 75 votes; and Joe Anderson with 71 votes, according to returns.

Incumbents Barry Bryan and Bob DuBose trailed with 67 votes and 68 votes, respectively.

Addy, who is completing his third term as mayor, said he wants the town to pursue a list of projects, including the formation of a foundation that will purchase derelict buildings in the historic town and improve them.

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The town also needs to replace one of two water tanks that failed last year, continue a street resurfacing project and work on replacement of sidewalks in town that are 25 years old and older, Addy said.

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