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Auxer wins mayoral job in Shepherdstown

June 04, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Jim Auxer staged a solid win over John Mathews in the race for Shepherdstown mayor in Tuesday's town election, winning the seat by a 107-vote spread.

Auxer finished the race with 175 votes compared to the 68 cast for Mathews.

Lance Dom, who did not run for mayor again, picked up 131 votes for recorder to beat John D. Meeker, who finished with 101 votes, according to complete, but unofficial returns.

All three incumbent town council members running for re-election -- Wanda Grantham Smith (201 votes), Howard Mills (163 votes) and Stuart Wallace (121 votes) -- won and the two new council members are Thomas Martin (158 votes) and Lori Robertson (119 votes), according to returns.

Council candidates Chris Crawford finished with 105 votes and Mason Waleski received 75 votes, according to returns.

Tuesday night, a crowd gathered outside the Entler Hotel at German and Princess streets, where voting and tabulating were conducted, to wait on the results.

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Auxer said in a telephone interview that he was "grateful and humbled" that residents had selected him as mayor.

Auxer said he had support from all over Shepherdstown and he thanked his supporters, whose positive campaigning on his behalf was an integral part of his win.

When asked what will be first on his agenda, Auxer said he will do what he does every morning.

"I'm going into town hall and see what's going on. Information is everything," said Auxer, who was filling out a vacancy on town council and who was mayor from 2000 to 2004.

Among his campaign issues, Auxer said it is important for the town to balance its budget without relying too much on Charles Town Races & Slots revenue. He also said it is important to control spending to protect town residents on fixed incomes.

Mathews was the town's zoning officer, but was removed from office after Dom said there had been problems with Mathews acting in a condescending and arrogant manner.

Mathews said council members were misled on the issue.

Mathews was at the Entler Hotel as results came in and said after vote tabulations that he will support Auxer as mayor.

"I'm going to rally around him," Mathews said.

Mathews, smoking a long cigar as he talked, said he wished the town success in open government, although he was not as optimistic that would happen without him in the mayor's seat.

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