Broughton wins Elkins mayoral race

In his second bid to become the mayor of Elkins, Van Broughton took in 495 votes to become the mayor-elect. Broughton defeated incumbent Mayor Duke Talbott and current Third Ward Councilman Mark Scott.

“I would like to thank God, the citizens of Elkins and all the people who helped my campaign,” Broughton said after the final results were read in council chambers at city hall. “I’m lost for words.”

Broughton won all but two wards. Broughton, a current 2nd Ward councilman, won 1st, 2nd, and 5th Wards in his bid to become mayor. Talbott won 4th Ward and Scott took 3rd.

Broughton earned a total of 495 votes, Talbott recieved 346 and Scott took in 208.

“I look forward to representing them (the people of Elkins),” Broughton said. “I’ve been blessed.”

Talbott was visibly disappointed with the results and left shortly after the last voting precinct came in around 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

“I wish Van the best,” Talbott said. “Any way I can help, I will. We need to keep working together as a community.”

Scott extended his congratulations to Broughton when the final vote tallies were read.

“I want to congratulate the mayor-elect on a well run race,” Scott said. “I look forward to working with him in the future.”

Elkins voters also made their voices heard in two contested council races. In 1st Ward, volunteer firefighter Lonnie Randall took down incumbent Charles Kinnison. Randall received 166 votes and Kinnison took in 139.

“I just want to thank everybody that came out to vote,” Kinnison said. “It has been a pleasure to serve 1st Ward.”

Kinnison was appointed to the seat after the resignation of former Councilman Rob Beckwith.

Randall was not present during the reading of the results and was unavailable for comment.

In 1st Ward, incumbent Councilwoman Nanci Bross-Fregonara defeated challenger Hollis Vance. Fregonara received 176 votes to Vance’s 67.

“I am very excited to be able to continue to work for four more years,” Fregonara said. “It was a great race going against Hollis. Hopefully, he will stay engaged in some capacity.”

Vance was not present during the reading and was unavailable for comment.