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Catlett elected Hedgesville mayor

June 03, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- Mary Sue Catlett was elected Tuesday to serve as mayor of the Town of Hedgesville.

Catlett, Town Recorder Terri T. Miskovsky and five Town Council candidates, including one write-in, were unopposed in the election.

They were elected to serve four-year terms that begin July 1.

Former Mayor Mary Beth Good successfully ran as a write-in candidate for one of the council seats, receiving 10 votes, according to complete, unofficial results released by Miskovsky in an e-mail.

The results are scheduled to be canvassed June 8, Miskovsky's e-mail said.

Catlett, who was appointed in October 2006 to complete the unexpired term of Charles E. Mason, received 19 votes. Before serving as mayor, Catlett was on the council for 22 years.

"Hopefully, the citizens think I'm doing a decent job," Catlett said Wednesday of her efforts to restore the town spring and attract new business to the community.

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When asked about goals for the next four years, Catlett said town leaders are planning to explore the possibility of annexation to increase the municipality's tax base while maintaining the community's "small-town" atmosphere.

Catlett said she also hopes to have the town's comprehensive plan updated.

In the council election, former Town Recorder Ronnie L. Good received 17 votes, followed by incumbents Cheryl Young (14), William "Bud" Donaldson (11) and Peggy Gano (9), according to unofficial results.

Miskovsky said Tuesday that Mary Beth Good met the filing deadline to run as a write-in candidate in April after the slate for council seats was not full.

Council members James Poisal, who did not seek re-election, and Roy Berger, who decided not to run after being appointed in 2007, are expected to leave office June 30.

Beginning July 1, council members will receive $585 per year for their service. The mayor will be paid $1,200 and the recorder will receive $1,500.

Hedgesville had a population of 242 residents in 2007, according to U.S. Census estimates.

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