Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 5, 2013

13 candidates vying for five seats on the Bluefield Board of Directors

By CHARLES OWENS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Thirteen candidates will be vying for five seats this summer on the Bluefield Board of Directors.

A rush of last-minute filers Thursday kept City Clerk Helen Mitchell busy throughout the day. The city election will be held June 4. The candidates are vying for a four-year term on the Bluefield Board of Directors.

Mitchell said the winners of the June 4 election will take office on Aug. 1.

The candidate slate is now set. In district one, incumbent board member Mary Frances Brammer is being challenged by former mayor Rev. Garry D. Moore, Sr. and Barbara Thompson Smith.

In district two, incumbent Mayor Linda Whalen is being challenged by Steven P. Coleman and Ellen Peters Light.

In district three, the candidates include Michael Gibson and David Smith.

Five candidates are vying for the two at-large seats on the board. They include Thomas J. “Tom” Cole, Charles “Chuck” McGonagle, incumbent Pete Sternlof, Willie C. Hunt and Richard Lee Dillon.

As of the filing deadline Thursday, incumbents Deb Sarver and Dr. Tom Blevins had not filed for re-election.

The mayoral slot in Bluefield is not determined by popular vote. The five elected board members instead vote to appoint one of their fellow council members as mayor.

Mitchell said the city has approximately 6,000 registered voters who are eligible to cast a ballot in the June 4 contest. Those who are not registered to vote still have time to do so at the Mercer County Courthouse.