4 to vie for two city council seats

BUCKHANNON – Four people are vying for two seats on Buckhannon City Council, according to a final list of candidates who have filed for office in the city’s municipal election in May.

City Recorder Rich Clemens said incumbent Councilman Tom O’Neill, of 121 Fayette St., and Mary Lou Albaugh, of 47 Boggess St., have filed to run for city council positions. They join Robyn Riggs Simons, of 16 Park St., and Robert Osburn, of 1 Terrace Drive, whose names will also appear on the ballot.

The election is being held in conjunction with the May 13 state primary election. In addition to two seats on City Council, the city recorder position will be on the ballot; each position carries a four-year term.

Councilman John Waltz is not running for re-election, he told media outlets earlier this month.

Clemens, of 102 Hickory St., is running as an incumbent in Buckhannon’s municipal election and is being challenged by newcomer Richard “Rick” Edwards, of 143 South Florida St.

The last day to file in person was Jan. 24. Filings mailed to City Hall, 70 E. Main St., Buckhannon, WV, 26201, were required to have been postmarked by midnight Jan. 25.

In the 2014 municipal election, voters will also have an opportunity to determine whether they want to renew excess levies that provide funding for the purpose of operating, maintaining and equipping the Charles W. Gibson Public Library in Buckhannon.

The levy renewal, if passed, will be in effect for five fiscal years beginning July 1, 2016.

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