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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 22, 2017

Incumbents fall in three towns

New London, Winfield, Wayland elect new council members
Nov 08, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News

 

Tuesday’s voting in the city elections proved to be a mixed bag for incumbents.

Two incumbent councilmen were defeated in New London and one each in Winfield and Wayland. In other county communities with contested races, incumbents fared better.

New London Councilman Dan Berner was the only successful incumbent among the three current council members seeking another term. Berner and New London Fire Chief Brad Helmerson were the leading vote-getters, each with 320 votes. Scott Campbell captured the third vacant seat with 263 votes.

Following Campbell on the tally sheet were the two other incumbents — Greg Malott and Frank A. Staley with 160 and 154 votes, respectively. The crowded ballot sheet showed Chris Amburn with 98 votes and Jeffrey Eldon Hummell had 72.

Newcomer Richard L. Lauderdale topped the Winfield voting at 104. Incumbent councilman Ryan J. Kinneberg netted 102 votes and Jennifer Wade’s 86 votes gained her the third vacant seat. Incumbent Ryan K. Rees was fourth with 64 votes.

Gary H. Tedrow, a former Salem council member who was appointed last spring to the council to fill a vacancy, won one of two four-year terms on the council with 34 votes. Christina Feehan snared the other with 43 votes. Jason R. Wesely had 29 votes and John S. Wagner had 12.

Salem Mayor Dan Patterson, running unopposed scored 68 votes. There were no announced candidates for a vacant two-year term (to fill a vacancy) on the council, and Bill Wixom, a former councilman, had 10 write-in votes and has the option of serving again.

Newcomer Caylon DeVaul topped the voting for Wayland City Council with 73 votes. Incumbent Melinda Ullery was re-elected, netting 63 votes. However, incumbent Karole Miller fell short in a bid for another term with 49 votes. Current Councilman Greg Rich will become mayor Jan. 1, 2018. Running unopposed, Rich had 91 votes. Longtime Mayor Brad Roth did not seek another term.

There weren’t any contested races in Mt. Pleasant. Voters re-elected Mayor Steve Brimhall, 161 votes; and Councilman-at-large Terry McWilliams, 162 votes. Former council member Robert J. Griffith will return to his Ward II seat, gaining 53 votes and Jeff Batty will be the new Ward IV councilman. Batty received 45 votes.

Results in the other county communities follow. Candidates’ vote totals are listed behind their name.

Rome: Mayor — Jeremy Lanferman; city council (vote for five) — Lester Garrison, 11; Martha Garrison, 11; Deb Sammons, 10; Cameron Sammons, 11; Maria Whetsler, 7.

Westwood: Mayor — Brant Knudsen, 22; city council (vote for three) — Timothy Beavers, 21; Tobin Jacks, 26; Gary Lane, 26.

Hillsboro: City council (vote for three) — Dwight Stanley, 25; Gene Carter, 22; Chad Brosseau, 22 write-in votes.

Olds: Mayor — Mark Fulton, 16; city council (vote for two) — Raymond C. Meth, 15; Matthew Slagel, 16.

Coppock: Mayor — Robert Schoolen, 3; city council (vote for three) — Tracie Sedlacek, 3; Frankie Lee Nupp, 3; Dustin Palmer, 3.

As is usually the case in city elections, voter turnout was very light, except in the communities with contested races. All vote totals are unofficial until canvassed by the Henry County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

 

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