Government, The Braxton Democrat

Municipal Elections See Little Change

Municipal Elections were held in Burnsville, Gassaway and Sutton last Tuesday. Turnout was low and few changes resulted.
In Burnsville, the contest was mostly for the city’s top seat. Three individuals contested for the office of Mayor. According to the unofficial tabulations, incumbent Paul Bragg, with 29 votes, emerged the winner with a two-vote margin over challenger Johnnie Verton with 27 and five votes ahead of Duane Mattson with 24.
Recorder Becky Jackson received 68 votes.
The five council seats had six individuals in the running. The top five in order of votes received were: Tommy Crutchfield – 65 votes, Chris Dean – 64, Colin J. Dean – 50, Steve Wine – 43, and Jeremey Allen 25. Brandi Allen received 22 votes.
In Gassaway the only contest was for the seats on the Town Council where six individuals were competing for the five positions. Lynn Jeffries was the top vote getter with 35 unofficial votes, followed by Mike Chapman and James E. Criner with 32 each. Sandra Whitesel Simons received 27 votes while Rocky G. Nutter took the fifth seat with 23 votes. Rick Criner tallied 17 votes.
Mayor Richie Roach was elected to another term with 33 votes. Lane Jack II received the most votes of anyone on the ballot with 44. He will serve a full term as Recorder.
In Sutton, incumbent Jon “JD” Hoover easily won reelection with 76 votes over challenger, Shelly Sutphin’s 26.
Robyn Dolan was unopposed as recorder. She received 82 votes.
Only 4 people were on the ballot for council seat. All four are incumbents. Catherine Hoover received 77 votes, followed by Laura Beth Adkins’ 76, Johnathan Crum with 70 and Steve Facemire with 69.