Exactly 1,105 residents from five cities have had their say. Around 28.2 percent of the 3,916 registered voters turned out to cast ballots in six opposed races. Tuesday’s General Election culminated with the elections of two incumbents and four new challengers.
Mayor J. Preston Conner will return for a second term after sweeping the 3-way race with enough votes to avoid a runoff election. He received 124 votes to former mayor John Hamilton’s 32 and Geneva Wilkerson’s 26.
Registered voters: 526
Turnout: 183 voters – 34.8 percent
Keysville has a new mayor. Political newcomer Linda Wilkes will take her post in January after defeating contender Rubye Rucker, 69-28. Wilkes replaces retiring mayor Maggie Cartwright.
Registered voters: 180
Turnout: 97 voters – 53.8 percent
Seth Brinson will follow in his father’s footsteps. The first-time candidate won the city council seat that was held by his late father and former mayor Marion “Butch” Brinson who passed away just after qualifying for office. Midville voters tallied 26 votes for Brinson and a close 21 for Larry Sauls.
Registered voters: 278
Turnout: 49 voters – 17.6 percent
Registered voters: 2932 Turnout: 776 voters – 26.47 percent
CITY COUNCIL WARD 1
Longtime councilman Dick Byne will be back for another term. In his first opposed race since he was elected in 1995, Byne pummeled newcomer Kevin Garnett Tyner, 155-7.
CITY COUNCIL WARD 2
Waynesboro vice-mayor James “Chick” Jones was unseated in a landslide to challenger Alberta “Jack” Anderson. The former state representative sealed her seat with a 282-51 win.
CIT Y COUNCIL WARD 3
Portia Washington won’t be back in January. In a three-way race for her seat, both challengers bested her. Avoiding a runoff, former councilman Willie Roy Williams claimed the post with 170 votes. Former councilman Curtis Bell had 79 votes and Washington took 29.