Advertisement

Charles Town mayor wins re-election

May 29, 2009|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Charles Town Mayor Peggy A. Smith will hold on to her job for another four years by taking 278 votes over the 214 cast for her challenger, Robin Huyett Thomas, in Thursday's citywide election that also saw the defeat of one longtime councilwoman.

Ward Four Councilwoman Geraldine Willingham, who has served on the board for 23 years, lost to challenger Rich Bringewatt 254 to 233, a 21-vote margin.

In a squeaker, incumbent Councilman Donald W. Clendening, a Ward 3 veteran, managed to keep his seat by a mere three votes. Clendening's 245 tally beat out challenger Larry Vogler's total of 242 ballots.

Ward 1 incumbent Sandy Slusher McDonald had a comfortable 47-vote lead at the end of the day to beat her challenger, Nancy Schaffer 260 to 213.

Advertisement

Chet Hines beat Wayne Clark by 36 votes, 220 to 184, in Ward 2, the only one with no incumbent because of the vacancy left by Councilwoman Amy Schmitt. She chose not to seek re-election.

Also in the second ward, Donna Victoria Frye filed for the seat, but pulled out to late to get her name off the ballot. She ended up with 52 votes anyway, Thursday.

City Clerk Joe Cosentini predicted the vote count to be around 15 percent of the city's 3,152 registered voters. His estimate was close with only 495 voters turning out for the balloting.

Smith, in her victory, thanked the voters for their support and promised to continue working on projects already under way.

The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|