Anderson, McConnell Take Win in Mayor Races

Newport News Times
Posted: Friday, Nov 5th, 2010
By: Terry Dillman

Voter turnout reaches 76 percent in Lincoln County
With 99 percent of the votes tallied, Dick Anderson easily bested incumbent Lori Hollingsworth in the Lincoln City mayoral race, and Mark McConnell sprinted past Patricia Patrick-Joling to claim the mayor’s seat in Newport. 

Anderson picked up 1,622 votes (58 percent) to Hollingsworth’s 991 (36 percent), with challenger Kevin Saunders well back at 162 votes (6 percent). McConnell tallied 2,121 votes (56 percent) to Patrick-Joling’s 1,666 (44 percent) in the race to replace current Mayor Bill Bain, who eschewed a re-election attempt, instead joining a nine-candidate campaign vying for three city council seats. Bain finished eighth in the balloting with 848 votes. He will leave the council when his term expires at the end of the year, as will Patrick-Joling.

In a tightly contested council race, Richard Beemer led the way, racking up 1,374 votes, followed by David Allen (1,317) and Sandra Roumagoux (1,289). Dean Sawyer (1,282) trailed Roumagoux by just seven votes – not close enough to trigger a recount, according to Lincoln County Clerk Dana Jenkins, who noted that a five-vote margin or less is the flashpoint.]\The crowded field also included Melanie Sarazin (1,124), Peggy Sabanskas (1,049), Richard Kilbride (991), and Randy Holman (506). The new council will appoint someone to fill McConnell’s council seat after he takes the reins as mayor in January 2011.

In Lincoln City, Henry Quandt easily outdistanced Avette Gaiser, 506 to 308 (62 percent to 38 percent), for the Lincoln City Council seat in Ward 1, while Gordon Eggleton narrowly edged Eric Vines, 444 to 408 (52 percent to 48 percent) in Ward 2.

For the complete article see the 11-05-2010 issue.

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