By Tina Alvey
Although margins of victory narrowed, the outcome of White Sulphur Springs’ June 11 city council election was unchanged in a recount conducted Thursday evening.
Council member Jackson Bowling missed re-election by a single vote, despite picking up eight additional votes in the recount, bringing his total to 273.
Incumbent Council members Bruce Bowling and Lynn Swann garnered one more vote each in the recount, putting their final totals at 274 and 275, respectively, and winning them the fourth and fifth seats in the five-member city council.
The vote total was unchanged for the highest vote-getter in the council race, George “G.P.” Parker, an incumbent who took 315 votes. Coming in second to win his first council term was Eddie J. Coleman with 308 votes, up from 303 pre-recount.
The other council seat went to Audrey Burns VanBuren, whose vote total put her comfortably in the middle of the pack, both before and after the recount which she had demanded. VanBuren gained two votes in the recount, pushing her total from 285 to 287.
Write-in candidate Larry Wayne Wakeford pick-ed up four votes in the recount, but the resulting 141-vote total still left him in last place in the council contest.
Only the council race was subject to the recount, a four-hour process overseen by a representative from the West Virginia secretary of state’s office.
The results of the race for mayor, which Council member Lloyd Haynes won by a margin of more than 2-to-1 over incumbent Thomas D. Taylor, and recorder, which incumbent Peggy Bland easily won over write-in candidate Linda K. Wakeford, were not challenged.
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