By Beth Sergent
POINT PLEASANT — Unofficial results in the municipal election for the City of Point Pleasant reveal some tight races, with an estimated 100 absentee ballots still out.
Due to COVID-19, many voters in West Virginia and Mason County, requested absentee ballots that were to be postmarked by election day. As of the close of polls on election night, it remained unclear how many of those estimated 100 absentee ballots will be returned and then verified. An unknown number of provisional ballots were also not factored into tonight’s totals. Any additional absentee and provisional ballot totals will be reported following the election canvas at 9 a.m. on Monday at the Mason County Court House.
According to the unofficial results compiled on Tuesday night by Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley and her staff, here are the latest numbers:
Incumbent Mayor Brian Billings (R) received 863 votes while challenger and current Councilwoman Jerrie Howard (D) from the second ward, received 409 votes.
Incumbent City Clerk Amber Tatterson (R), who ran unopposed, received 1,136 votes.
There are four candidates vying for two city council-at-large seats with the unofficial vote totals as follows: Incumbent Councilman from the third ward Gabe Roush (D) 649, Bob McMillan (R) 536, Jay Parrack (R) 532 and Incumbent Councilman from the seventh ward Brad Deal (D) 500.
Unofficial results from individual ward races are as follows:
Ward One – Corrie Fetty (R), 82.
Ward Two – Paul A. Knisley (R), 31. Marcia Finley (D), 29.
Ward Three – Teshia Porter (R), 48. Cody Greathouse (D), 82.
Ward Four – Incumbent Leigh Ann Shepard (R), 181.
Ward Five – Nathan Wedge (R), 128.
Ward Six – Incumbent Judy Holland (R), 164.
Ward Seven – Diana Hall (R), 107. J. David Morgan (D), 99.
Ward Eight – Monica Sayre (R), 106. Dylan Handley (I), 130.
Winners of city races will begin their four-year terms on July 1.
The Point Pleasant Register will report on the official election numbers once the canvas is complete on Monday.
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Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.