Elkins residents cast their votes Tuesday evening for city election races that resulted in a new mayor and a new Elkins City Council member.
Van Broughton, with 495 votes, defeated incumbent Mayor Duke Talbott and current Third Ward Councilman Mark Scott, who received 346 and 208 votes, respectively. Broughton currently serves as a 2nd Ward Councilman.
In the 1st Ward council race, volunteer firefighter Lonnie Randall topped incumbent Charles Kinnison. Randall received 166 votes to Kinnison’s 139.
In 4th Ward, incumbent Councilwoman Nanci Bross-Fregonara defeated challenger Hollis Vance. Fregonara received 176 votes to Vance’s 67.
According to Sutton Stokes, Elkins city clerk, there is a total of 4,515 registered voters in Elkins. He said 1,049 voters cast their ballot for mayor – approximately 23 percent.
Approximately 28 percent cast their ballot in Ward 1, 26 percent voted in Ward 2, 17 percent voted in Ward 3, 23 percent voted in Ward 4 and 20 percent voted in Ward 5, Stokes said.
Additionally, 1,014 voters cast their ballot for the council races – approximately 22 percent of the total registered voters.
Broughton said he is thrilled to be the new mayor and hopes to build upon the foundation set by Talbott.
“I’m really excited to get started. I know it will be a smooth transition,” Broughton said.
Broughton said he spoke to Talbott Tuesday evening, following the results of the election. Broughton said he told Talbott, “You made great strides with this city and I want to continue that.”
Despite losing his position as mayor, Talbott remained positive about the future of the city.
“I wish Van the best of luck and I’m willing to help him if I can,” he told The Inter-Mountain. “We need cooperation to move forward. We need to work together.”
Scott also was optimistic about the newly-elected mayor. Like Talbott, he stressed the need for cooperation.
“We need to work together to get things done,” Scott said. “I wish Broughton all the luck in the world.”
Like Broughton, Randall said his sight is set toward beginning to work with the other city officials.
“The people have spoken,” he said. “They are looking for change, and change is what I can bring.”
“I am looking forward to working with everyone on Council and the new mayor,” Randall said.
Kinnison said he was encouraged by voter turnout and said he enjoyed the race.
“It’s encouraging that people are getting involved in their local government,” he said. “It was a good experience.”
Bross-Fregonara, however, said she would have liked to see an even larger turnout, given the fact that three candidates ran for mayor.
“Overall, I was a little disappointed in the turnout,” she said.
“I was hoping the enthusiasm would have carried on,” she said, noting the amount of people who showed up for early voting.
For her own position, she said she wants to start working with Broughton.
“I tremendously look forward to working with Van,” she said, “(and) I look forward to working with this great council we have.”
Vance, speaking to The Inter-Mountain, congratulated Bross-Fregonara on her win.
“I’m certain she will do a good job,” he said.
He said he was appreciative of the votes he received in the election.
“I’d like to express my appreciation for those who did vote for me,” he said.
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