Local municipalities elect new mayors
Posted on April 7, 2021
The cities of Bridgeport, Sumner, St. Francisville, Lawrenceville and Russellville all elected new mayors in the April 6 consolidated election but only two of the elections saw contested races for the position.
The City of Bridgeport elected independent Tyler Griffin as its new mayor after current mayor Michael Crask chose not to seek re-election. Griffin ran unopposed for the position and received 193 votes.
The City of Lawrenceville will also see a new mayor as independent David M. Courtney ran unopposed and received 313 votes. Current Lawrenceville mayor Don Wagner also chose not to seek re-election.
The vacant position of mayor of St. Francisville saw independent Daniel Mack Lynn face off against independent Peter C. Valledor. Lynn received 141 votes over Valledor’s 35 votes.
Sumner mayor Betty L. Brian (independent) was able to retain her position after winning out over independent Gary W. Hutchinson. Brian received 81 votes compared to Hutchinson’s 55 votes.
The position of Russellville mayor went to independent Marshall Pierson who received nine votes after running unopposed.
In addition to mayor, the cities also elected clerks and alderman in the election.
Independent Jessica Zellars maintained her position as Bridgeport City Clerk with 184 votes while the Bridgeport City Treasurer position went to independent Billie D. Ralston with 175 votes.
There was no candiate filed for the vacant seat of alderman in Ward 1 in Bridgeport. Bridgeport Ward 2 saw independent Ldora M. Laughlin receive 55 votes over independent Lori Thacker’s 44 votes. Brad James McDaniel (independent) will serve an unexpired two-year term for Bridgeport Ward 2 after receiving 80 votes while independent T.J. McClellan received 85 votes for alderman in Bridgeport Ward 3.
Bridgeport saw a turnout of 319 voters which averaged to 23.11% of registered voters.
The City of Lawrenceville will seat independent James Rodney Nolan as the Lawrenceville City Clerk, a position which Nolan currently holds. Nolan received 304 votes while running unopposed.
Independent Tommy G. Vaught will serve as the Lawrenceville City Treasurer after receiving 261 votes.
Independent Wendell W. Stevens will continue to serve as a Lawrenceville Alderman for Ward 1 after receiving 49 votes. Independent John R. Waldrop will also continue to serve as Lawrenceville Alderman for Ward 2.
In a contested race for Lawrenceville Alderman in Ward 3, independent Dawn M. Brewer received 118 votes over independent Edward A. Brumley’s 85 votes to claim the position. Independent Theresa L. Greene will serve as Lawrenceville Alderman for Ward 4 after receiving 31 votes.
Lawrenceville had 645 voters visit the polls resulting in a 14.8% turnout.
Independent Terri L. Wease will serve as the St. Francisville City Clerk after receiving 158 votes while independent Jeffrey J. Tussey will serve as the city treasurer after receiving 158 votes.
Independent Johnny Cline faced off against independent Bennie F. Mason Jr. for a tight race which saw Mason edge out Cline with 14 votes over Cline’s 13 votes for the position of St. Francisville Alderman in Ward 1. Independent Lee J. Campbell will serve as the alderman for Ward 2 after receiving 70 votes while independent Tony Shearer will serve as alderman for Ward 3 after receiving 50 votes.
St. Francisville had 251 voters cast ballots which resulted in a 27.7% turnout.
The City of Sumner will see independent Blanche Piper serve as the Sumner City Clerk after she received 126 votes. Jane Inyart will serve as the city’s treasurer after receiving 121 votes.
The three open alderman positions in the City of Sumner went to independent Christopher S. Sager (Ward 2, 33 votes), independent Brent Perrott (Ward 1, 31 votes) and independent Jed K. Brian (Ward 3, 50 votes).
Independent Julie Mendenhall will serve as the Russellville Village Clerk after receiving 11 votes. Independent Betty Shultz (eight votes), independent John Pierson (six votes), independent Stephen Auteberry (six votes), independent John G. Willson (eight votes) and independent Jennifer L. Hicks (10 votes) were all elected to serve as Russellville Village aldermen.
Russellville saw 50 total voters which averaged to 16.67%.
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