By Tina Alvey
One of the five winning candidates for seats on the White Sulphur Springs City Council has demanded a recount of the ballots cast in the June 11 municipal election.
According to city officials, Audrey Burns VanBuren asked for the recount even though she received the third most votes in the seven-way race for the five council seats.
Attempts to reach VanBuren at her workplace Wednesday were unsuccessful. No personal telephone listing for her could be found.
Following a post-election ballot canvass, VanBuren was determined to have 285 votes, putting the political novice in a council seat alongside fellow newcomer Eddie J. Coleman with 303 votes and incumbents George “G.P.” Parker, who led the pack with 315 votes, Lynn Swann with 274 and Bruce Bowling 273.
Rounding out the field were incumbent Jackson Bowling, who missed re-election by only eight votes, with 265, and write-in candidate Larry Wayne Wakeford, who drew the support of 137 city voters.
In the city’s other races, council member Lloyd Haynes took the mayor’s chair from incumbent Thomas D. Taylor by a post-canvass count of 312 to 140, while Recorder Peggy Bland won a new term, defeating write-in candidate Linda K. Wakeford 232 to 160.
The recount will be conducted at City Hall tonight starting at 6 p.m.
White Sulphur’s new government is scheduled to be sworn in to office during a City Hall ceremony Friday evening at 7.
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