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4/11/2013 10:17:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Wagner unseats Straub to win race for Lawrenceville mayor
LAWRENCEVILLE - In perhaps the most anticipated race of Tuesday's Consolidated Election, City Clerk Don Wagner unseated Mayor Brian Straub and held off challenger Ed Brumley to win the Lawrenceville mayor seat.

Wagner collected 458 votes to 338 for Straub and 208 for Brumley. Getting 45.6 percent of the votes, Wagner garnered 46 early and absentee votes to go with 412 votes on election day.

The mayor-elect said he had good help during his campaign.

"I'm very happy with the vote and I've had some very nice people working for me. It wasn't just me alone," Wagner said.  "I want to thank both candidates. They did a clean campaign and that's what we were out to do."

Wagner said there is a lot of work ahead especially in the financial area of running the city.  

"We've got to take care of some of the big bills we've got. We've got to make better arrangements to pay them off and we've got to watch our income and make it balance with the bills that we're paying," Wagner said. "We're going back to a little more conservatism and watch our money a little closer."

Wagner also noted that he wants to get the city's sewer relining project started again.

Straub leaves office having served as Lawrenceville mayor for eight years.

In the Lawrenceville City Clerk's race, James Rodney Nolan collected 75 percent of the votes to defeat Janice Laslie 729-241. Nolan will replace Wagner.

In the only contested alderman's race, David M. Courtney defeated Don Goff 333-158 to win the Ward 3 race. Courtney collected 67.8 percent of the votes.

Courtney replaces Lynn Gray who did not seek re-election.

In Ward 1, Wendell Stevens, a former city council member, ran unopposed and collected 194 votes. Stevens replaces Shannon Darnell, who was appointed and did not run for the seat. In Ward 2, Ron Waldrop was unopposed and got 81 votes.

In Ward 4, Janice S. Holcomb was unopposed and received 123 votes. She will replace Bill Carrithers, who did not seek re-election.

Bridgeport

In Bridgeport, Brad Purcell, unopposed in the mayor's race, received 241 votes. Lori A. (Hipsher) Thacker, running for city clerk, was unopposed and tallied 215 votes. City clerk Sara Sechrest ran unopposed for Bridgeport treasurer and received 227 votes.

In the only contested municipal race in Bridgeport, Robin Wirth won the Ward 1 seat with 15 votes, defeating David Hammel with eight votes and James W. Hamilton with five votes. Wirth replaces Ed Standley who did not seek re-election.

Ldora Laughlin was re-elected in an uncontested race in Ward 2, receiving 95 votes. In Ward 3, Tyler J. Griffin was elected with 111 votes. Griffin was the only candidate and will replace Kay Mossberger who did not seek re-election.

St. Francisville

In the race for St Francisville mayor, incumbent Stan Williams was defeated by Donald R. Ravellette in a close race, 117-105.

It was the only contested municipal race in St. Francisville.

Jeffrey J. Tussey was re-elected treasurer with 192 votes while Terri Lynn Wease will serve another term as city clerk with 185 votes.

In Ward 1, Jamie L. Tussey received 38 votes. She will replace John Tussey who did not seek re-election.

In Ward 2, David A. Deckard was re-elected with 71 votes. 

In Ward 3, incumbent Carolyn S. Hoh was re-elected to a four-year term with 60 votes. Anthony K. Moyes, who was appointed to the council, received 64 votes running for a two-year term.

Sumner

Gary W. Hutchinson is the new mayor of Sumner. Hutchinson, running unopposed, received 97 votes. Incumbent mayor Larry Stoltz did not seek re-election.

There were no candidates for city clerk or treasurer.

For Ward 1 council member, Brent Perrott held off the write-in campaign of James Binkley, 29-24.

In Ward 2, Joseph Lynn Fleming received 15 votes and won an uncontested seat. In Ward 3, Winston Howard received 33 votes in an uncontested race.

Russellville

In the village of Russellville, Heather Blasingame won the uncontested mayor's race with 27 votes. Betty Shultz will serve a four-year term as village clerk. She ran unopposed and garnered 30 votes.

Russellville voters were asked to vote for three alderman. In this unopposed race, John Pierson received 23 votes, J. D. Timms 18 votes and Julie Harrington 14 votes.



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