Early voters flock to polls
The Elkins Municipal Election will be held Tuesday, but early voters have already made their presence felt at City Hall.
“We’ve had a pretty steady turnout of early voters all this week,” City Clerk Sutton Stokes said. “(On Wednesday) we exceeded the number of people who early voted last time- when we had a longer time period for early voting. It seems there’s a lot of interest in this election.
“In the last election, we had about 150 early voters,” Stokes said. “This year we’re going over 200 midway through this week. I would expect (today) to be fairly busy, as it’s the last chance to early vote.” Early voting will be available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today at Elkins City Hall, located at 401 Davis Avenue.
Stokes said the early voting bodes well for Tuesday’s turnout.
“There are about 4,500 registered voters in Elkins, and in the last few elections we’ve had about 1,200 to 1,500 votes cast,” he said. “We’re hoping to have a better turnout this time.”
Three candidates are seeking the mayoral seat in Tuesday’s election: incumbent Duke Talbott and Elkins City Councilmen Van Broughton and Mark D. Scott.
Talbott has served as Elkins mayor for two terms. He is seeking another two-year term.
Broughton has served Elkins as councilman for three terms in 5th Ward and one term in 2nd Ward. He retired from the Kroger Co. following 21 years, and was the owner of Van’s Army Navy Surplus Store.
Scott has served one term as 3rd Ward councilman in Elkins, and he hopes to be elected mayor.Scott owns Mark D. Scott and Associates All State Insurance in Elkins.
Charles G. Kinnison and Lonnie E. Randall both are seeking an Elkins City Council spot in 1st Ward in Elkins.
Incumbent Kinnison works for APS Health Care as an exercise physiologist. He was appointed by council in November 2011 to fill a vacant seat created by the resignation of Rob Beckwith.
Randall is a school bus driver for the Randolph County Board of Education and Davis & Elkins College. He is also a member of the Elkins Volunteer Fire Department.
Both Nanci Bross-Fregonara and Hollis C. Vance hope to win the election for 4th Ward seat.
Incumbent Bross-Fregonara has served one term as city councilwoman for 4th Ward. She is a writer and graphic designer at Davis & Elkins College.
Vance has served three terms prior as an Elkins city councilman in the 4th Ward. He said he believes in a responsible government accountable to its citizens.
Candidates in noncontested races for the city of Elkins municipal General Election are Mitch L. Marstiller, 2nd Ward; Carman L. Metheny, 3rd Ward; James S. Bibey, 5th Ward; and Joe Sabitino, 5th Ward, two-year unexpired term.