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June 15, 2011

New mayor elected in Rainelle

It was a landslide victory for Andrea “Andy” Aide Pendleton in a four-person mayoral race in Rainelle Tuesday.

Pendleton captured 279 votes, handily defeating incumbent Mayor John Hill, who received 62 votes and finished third. Eddie Midkiff was second in the field with 67 votes, and Steve Dunford, who gave up his Town Council seat to run for mayor, got 34 votes.

“I had a lot of votes there,” Pendleton understated. “Now, they’re going to depend on me.”

She added, “I’m a person that goes forward and never looks back. I don’t like hearing the word ‘no.’ We’re all going to work together with a positive attitude now.”

Voter turnout in Rainelle approached the 50 percent mark, with 490 out of approximately 1,000 registered voters casting ballots.

Danny Milam was re-elected recorder with 283 votes to challenger Brian Day’s 133.

Also returned to office for another term were Town Council members David Spitzer (284), Ron Fleshman (276), Mike Neal (230) and Garry Harris (226). They will be joined on council by newcomer Monica Venable, who received the highest vote total, 328.

Also in that contest, Jimmy Matheney got 209 votes, Sammy Jo Gibson 153 and Amanda Hunter 144.

White Sulphur Springs also has a new mayor.

Current Recorder Thomas D. Taylor took control in a three-man race to replace Mayor Debra Fogus, who chose not to run for re-election. Taylor received 152 votes to 109 for current council member Chris Hanna and 97 for Jay Harrison Bowling III.

Taking over for Taylor as recorder July 1, will be current council member Peggy Bland, who out-polled Ruth Burr Miller 212 to 140.

Council members Bruce Bowling (251), Lynn Swann (223) and Lloyd Haynes (216) won re-election. Also taking council seats were former Mayor G. P. Parker with 236 votes and Robert L. (Bobby) Sams with 197.

Missing the cut for the five council slots were Barry W. Ware (156), Jackson Bowling (116), Richard Staten (85), J.F. “Jack” Overath (65) and Richard Bricker (55).

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