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Voters pick new leaders in council, mayor races

SoVaNow.com / May 05, 2010
Voters in Mecklenburg County's five towns made modest changes in the local leadership ranks yesterday as Boydton elected a new mayor and Clarksville, Chase City and La Crosse chose a number of new Town Council members.

Only South Hill, with six candidates seeking five Council seats, stood pat in the Tuesday municipal elections.

In Boydton, challenger Gerald Wrenn upended incumbent Bob Salzmann in the mayoral race. Wrenn prevailed easily, 76 to 47, with six absentee ballots included in the final total.

With three seats on Boydton Council up for grabs, two incumbents — Vice Mayor Bettie Herbert and Ronnie Worley — won handily. Both finished behind challenger William Coleman, who led the ticket with 104 votes. Trailing well down the list were incumbent councilman David Eason and newcomers Jason Baker and Jeanne Capello.

In Clarksville, one incumbent won and one incumbent lost — very narrowly — in a four-way race for three Council seats. Carolyn Hite led the ticket in Clarksville with 113 votes to take a second term on Council, while Linda Davenport tallied 82 votes to finish behind challengers Christopher Clarke and Glenn Jurczyk. Clarke received 111 votes, including four absentee ballots, while Jurczyk got 85 votes, also with four absentee ballots. Prior to counting the absentees, Jurczyk trailed Davenport by a single vote, 82-81.

In Chase City, Mayor Eddie Bratton won comfortably over challenger Leroy Icenhour. Two incumbent councilmen — James Bohannon and Winthy Hatcher — held their seats in a three-way race, with the remaining spot on Council going to Brenda Hatcher. Trailing well behind the three winners were Marshall “Tommy” Whitaker, Sylvia Edmonds and Franklin Tanner.

La Crosse residents cast their votes for the two incumbents who filed for re-election and were the only candidates listed on the ballot — F.A. Hendrick and Melvin Jiggetts, who received 27 and 22 votes, respectively. With a third seat to be filled, Kelly Pearce drew nine write-in votes. Also receiving write-in votes were outgoing Councilman John Love, with four ballots, while Billy Pearce, Bob Tanner, Jerry Adams, Doritah Mitler, Billy Gill and Tom Tanner each received one write-in vote.

In the Town of South Hill, voters re-elected incumbent council representatives Mike Moody, Leroy Sasser, Greg Harper, Delores Luster and Lillie Feggins-Boone. Luster and Boone were unopposed in Ward 1, while Moody, Sasser and Harper were competing for three seats in a four-way field. The odd man out was Andrew Mosely, the only non-incumbent in the field.



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