Smith wins big in mayoral election
There will be some major changes to Marlinton's local government due to the municipal election of June 14.
Lifelong Marlinton resident Joe Smith defeated incumbent Mayor Dennis Driscoll by a vote of 159-57.
Smith said he "feels great" about winning the election and was proud to be the third generation in his family to serve as Marlinton mayor. The mayor-elect said Driscoll had done a good job, but thought, as a lifelong resident, he could communicate better with residents on town issues.
Driscoll congratulated Smith on his election and wished the mayor-elect the best of luck.
The town council remains fairly stable. All current councilmembers on the ballot were re-elected with the following vote totals: Loretta Malcomb, 155; Louise Barnisky, 141; David Zorn, 113 and Norris Long, 113.
Natasha McMann received 120 votes and was elected to the council seat vacated by Smith.
Recorder Robin Mutscheller ran unopposed and received 162 votes.
Other candidates for council and their vote totals were: Bill McLaughlin, 113; Ron Freer, 81 and Cris Weber, 60.
Winning candidates are elected to four-year terms and will be sworn in on June 30.