NEW HAVEN — Residents in this Bend Area town will be going to the polls Tuesday to elect town officials.
Vying for the seat of mayor are incumbent Charles Yonker; a former mayor Stephen “Snuf” Smith; newcomer Eric Blain; and write-in candidate Jerry Spradling.
Incumbent Roberta Hysell is the lone candidate for recorder.
A total of 15 townspeople are seeking one of five seats on the council, with only two being incumbents — James Elias and Vinson “Smitty” Jarrell. The remaining present members Amy Gordon, Jessica Howard, and Kenneth Vickers chose not to seek re-election.
In addition to Elias and Jarrell, other council candidates are Jackie Blain, George Gibbs, Sarah Gibbs, Matthew Gregg, Karen Ann Hindel, Nora Hoffett, Grant Hysell, James McCormick, Pamela Schwarz, Matthew Shell, Timothy Stone, Elnora Weaver and Erin Young.
Hysell said as of Friday morning, a total of 80 residents had taken advantage of early voting, which began May 23. Early voting will continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Polls will be open on election day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Residents will vote at the city building, which will be closed for regular business on that day.
New officials will serve for a two-year term. They will take office on July 1.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.