Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

April 4, 2013

8 on ballot for city council seats

PRINCETON — Voters in the city of Princeton will face a crowded ballot when they travel to the polls June 4.

Eight candidates are vying for four city council seats. The deadline to file as a candidate  has now expired. Early voting begins at city hall on May 22, according to City Clerk Ken Clay. Residents have until May 14 to register to vote at the Mercer County Courthouse.

Each of the city’s four wards will be contested June 4. In ward one, incumbent Shawn Vest will face Jacqueline “Jackie” Rucker.

In ward two, incumbent Marshal V. Lytton is being challenged by Ryan B. Blankenship. In ward three, incumbent Chris Stanley is being challenged by Jim Harvey.

In ward four, incumbent Tim Ealy is being challenged by Andrea Washington.

Clay said it is unusual to have all four ward seats contested.

However, he hopes the contested races will encourage more citizens to vote on June 4.

Clay said the three incumbent at-large council members, including Mayor Patricia “Pat” Wilson, will not be up for re-election until 2015.

The city council is composed of seven members. The city currently has approximately 3,700 registered voters.

The winners of the June 4 contest will take office on July 1.

“Early voting for the Princeton city election begins May 22 at city hall,” Clay said. “It will continue until the last Saturday before the election. Anyone who wants to register (to vote) has to register at the Mercer County Courthouse by May 14.”

Text Only
Local News
National and World
Newspaper Deivery Routes Available
Sister Newspapers' News
Local News Videos