Vest’s Fifth Ward victory certified


ELKINS — The results of the Elkins Municipal election have been certified, and incumbent Linda Vest has won re-election to her Fifth Ward city council seat.

After votes were canvassed Monday, Vest had a total of 27 votes, while challenger Joe Sabatino had 26. Sabatino had until 2 p.m. Wednesday to file a request for a recount of the votes, which would have cost him $300 to pay the recount bond.

At Wednesday evening’s vote certification meeting of Elkins City Council, City Clerk Jessica Sutton said, “I received no requests for a recount or challenges whatsoever during the 48-hour period after the canvass was adjourned on Monday. So that period has lapsed, so it’s past the time when anyone could ask for a recount or a challenge of the election.”

Council then voted to certify the results of the 2019 election.

The certified election results show incumbent Mayor Van Broughton with 381 votes; and First Ward’s Judy Guye with 129 votes, incumbent Bob Woolwine with 67 votes, and Phillips B. Kolsun with 39 votes.

In Second Ward, voting totals show G. Michael Hinchman with 76 votes, and Carrie Shupp with 36 votes. Incumbent Gene Ochsendorf did not seek reelection.

Third Ward incumbent Chris Lowther earned 14 votes, and Fourth Ward incumbent Marilynn Cuonzo tallied 39.

In Fifth Ward, Robin Spicer with 17 votes and Howard P. Knapp II with six votes trailed Vest’s 27 and Sabatino’s 26.

Voter turnout was low in the municipal election, with many of the races being uncontested.