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Two will oppose Elkins mayor

Scott, Van Broughton to square off against Duke Talbott in March

November 24, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Elkins Mayor Duke Talbott will face two challengers in the 2013 municipal election. Councilmen Mark Scott and Van Broughton will both run against Talbott.

"There are a lot of projects under way," Talbott said. "I would like to see them continued and complete. We have a wonderful group of people in city hall and we work well together and build consensus. I look forward to continuing that."

Scott, who currently represents 3rd Ward on council, and Broughton, who currently represents 2nd Ward, have both filed to run for mayor. Both of their council seat terms are up in 2015.

"I think we need to have a little more common sense in government," Scott said. "We need to be very careful about how we use our taxpayer's money."

Broughton has served on council for numerous terms in two different wards. He said he hopes to bring that experience to the mayor's office.

"Being a city councilman, I have served under four different mayors," Broughton said.

"I want to take the experience I have learned from each of them and apply it to being mayor and taking the city to the next level."

The filing period for the March 5 election will end today at midnight. Along with the mayoral race, residents will be able to vote for at least one council person in each ward, except 5th Ward, where two seats are available.

The only contested council race is in 4th Ward. Incumbent Councilwoman Nanci Bross-Fregonara originally said she was not going to seek re-election, but changed her mind. Fregonara will be challenged by resident Hollis Vance.

"There are a couple projects still to work on," Fregonara said. "We are in the middle of these projects and a lot of people encouraged me to run again. The council we have right now is a good council. It is a great group that is very progressive and compromising."

Vance hopes to bring his experience from being a local businessman to council chambers.

"I just think my experience and the fact I've been a businessman makes me a good choice," he said. "I can use the skills I acquired over the year to help the residents of Elkins."

For the first time in eight years, 2nd Ward will see a new council representative. Incumbent Tom Hensil will not seek re-election.

"I felt it was in the best interest of the city and myself (to not run)," Hensil said. "I do not have the time or the energy to do it anymore."

Hensil has served on council for two terms, a total of eight years.

"I will be 76 in January," he said. "When you get to that age, you run out of energy. Any assistance I can give council, I will be glad to do it."

Resident Mitch Marstiller has filed to represent 2nd Ward.

"I like being involved in the community," he said. "I feel I can make a positive difference in the city."

Incumbent Councilman Charles Kinnison, 1st Ward, has filed to retain his seat. No challengers have filed to run against him. Kinnison was appointed to council in November 2011 to replace former Councilman Rob Beckwith, who resigned his seat.

Incumbent council members Carman Metheny, 3rd Ward, Jim Bibey, 5th Ward, and Joe Sabatino, 5th Ward, have all filed to retain their seats.

Two seats are available in 5th Ward because Sabatino was appointed to the seat after former Councilman Danny Satterfield resigned. Sabatino has filed to fill the unexpired term that would have been up for election in 2015. Bibey will be running for a full four-year term.



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