New mayor and councilors to be sworn in March 31, take office April 1
Elkins, W. Va., March 10, 2021: Meeting yesterday as the Elkins Board of canvassers, the Elkins council certified vote totals in the 2021 Municipal Election. The new mayor and the five councilors elected at this election will be sworn in March 31 and take office April 1.
The vote totals that council certified Wednesday were unchanged since the declaration of results at the close of Monday’s canvass. During the canvass, council reviewed 32 provisional ballots and accepted 22 of them, changing some vote totals but not the outcomes of any races. Candidates had 48 hours from the close of the canvass to request recounts, but none did, enabling council to certify as final the declared vote tallies in all five city wards.
Citywide, Jerry Marco won the office of mayor with 719 votes out of 1,039 cast. Votes for other mayoral candidates were as follows: Andrew Carroll, 146; D.C. Talkington, 5; and Karen Wilmoth, 169.
Also voted on by all city voters were three proposed charter amendments. A proposal to adopt the Mayor-Manager form of government was defeated 685 to 334. A proposal to pledge compliance with open government laws and a proposal to extend the mayor’s term from two to four years succeeded 780 to 229 and 563 to 458, respectively.
In the First Ward council race, incumbent Robert Chenoweth retained his seat with 260 votes against two challengers, Phillips Kolsun, who received 62 votes, and Travis Norwood, who received 40 votes.
In the Second Ward council race, incumbent Charles Friddle, III prevailed over challenger Carman Pennington, 95 to 76.
In the Third Ward council race, challenger Clint Higgins defeated incumbent Carman Metheny 52 to 38.
There was no incumbent in the Fourth Ward council race, as Karen Wilmoth—the councilor whose term was expiring—filed to run for mayor instead. In Fourth Ward, a former council member, Nanci Bross-Fregonara, defeated first-time candidate Liz Marshall-MacVean 143 to 98.
In Fifth Ward, incumbent Councilor David Parker received 72 votes, defeating challengers Howard Knapp (6 votes) and Burley Woods (67 votes).
The new mayor and all five council members commencing new terms April 1 will be sworn in at a special council meeting at 7 p.m. on March 31, at the Phil Gainer Community Center.
At yesterday’s canvass of the 2021 Municipal Election, council–seated as the Board of Canvassers–declared election results. Although most of the 30 provisional ballots were accepted, they did not change any of the races’ outcomes. (Read more about the canvass here.)
The deadline for candidates to request a recount is 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday (48 hours after conclusion of the canvass). No recount has yet been requested.
Council convenes Wednesday at 3 p.m. to certify the vote totals in all wards where recounts have not been requested.
Review changes in vote totals by clicking here.
On Monday, at 11 a.m., the Elkins council will convene in public session at the Phil Gainer Community Center as the Elkins Board of Canvassers. The purpose of the meeting is to canvass the election that was held Tuesday.
What does it mean to “canvass the election”? (more…)
Preliminary results of the March 2, 2021 election will be posted on that page as results are received from polling places. Election results are not final until after canvassing (March 8) and certification (March 10).
We will also provide updates on the below channels:
Election day is March 2. Polls will be open 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Early in-person voting will be offered February 17- 27.
Early voting location: Elkins City Hall, 401 Davis Avenue
Early voting hours:
- Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Saturdays: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Click the image to download a PDF calendar showing these and other dates, suitable for hanging on your fridge.
On March 2, city voters will elect a council member from all five wards and a new mayor.
Voters will also decide whether the city should:
- Shift from its current Mayor-Council form of government to the Mayor-Manager form
- Amend the charter to affirm the city’s commitment to complying with state open government rules
- Extend the mayor’s term from two to four years (effective starting with mayor elected in 2023)
Registration for the March 2 election is now closed.
Early in-person voting for all wards will be at Elkins City Hall, February 17-27. Early voting is available Monday-Friday and Saturdays during the following hours:
- Weekdays: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Saturdays: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more election-related information, please see this webpage.
To review the candidates and ballot questions, click here.
Please contact the city clerk’s office with any questions.
Elkins, W. Va., February 7, 2021: This week will see meetings of council’s Personnel, Finance, and Rules & Ordinances Committees. This month’s meeting of the Public Safety Committee, which normally meets second Mondays at 10 a.m., is cancelled.
The Elkins city attorney, per city code, serves one-year terms commencing each April 1. At its Monday 1 p.m. meeting, the Personnel Committee will consider the proposed reappointment of the current city attorney as well as personnel matters in the Code Enforcement Department and the Police Department.
The agenda for the Finance Committee’s Wednesday 9 a.m. meeting includes consideration of an additional code enforcement position, review of the engineer’s estimate for the city hall parking lot project, and evaluation of funding requests for both a riverfront study and social-media archiving software needed to comply with state public records laws.
Last year, the Rules & Ordinances Committee recommended to council a change to city laws that would have allowed the operation of street-legal special purpose vehicles on city streets, but the ordinance (277) was sent back to the committee for further work. Thursday at noon, the Rules & Ordinances Committee will take this matter up again. The committee will also consider updates to the city’s fire-fee and flood-plain ordinances and hear a proposal for the establishment of a water board for Elkins.
Preparations continue for the March 2 city elections, when voters will elect a council member in each ward, choose a new mayor, and decide whether to adopt a manager-based government structure. Tuesday is the deadline to register or update your registration for this election at the county—not city—clerk’s office. The sample ballot is printed in today’s paper.
All of the above meetings are virtual. You can find agendas and login information here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings.
The 2021 city election is fast approaching–and City of Elkins needs your help.
On March 2, 2021, voters will elect a new mayor and a council member from each of the city’s five wards. Voters will also decide ballot questions that could significantly alter the structure of this city’s government for generations to come.
But none of this can happen without the hard work and dedication of poll workers. The success of each Elkins election rests in the hands of about two dozen people willing to serve in this vital role. (more…)
The next Elkins Municipal Election occurs March 2, 2021. On that date, Elkins voters will elect a mayor and five council members, one from each of the city’s five wards.
Candidates for council and mayor may file their candidacies at Elkins City Hall November 2-20. Anyone interested in filing should meet in person with the city clerk to ensure the correct paperwork is completed. Please call to make an appointment: (304) 636-1414, ext. 1211. (more…)