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Philippi voters choose Mouser as new mayor

May 17, 2012
By Melissa Toothman - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Jerry Mouser was elected mayor of Philippi in Tuesday's city election, displacing incumbent David C. Mulneix.

Seven mayoral candidates were on the ballot. Mouser received 123 votes, with Sam Schola garnering 109 votes, Dean Springer 87, Mulneix 57, Susie Cvechko 46, Phil Bowers 32 and Verle L. Brown 14.

The high number of mayoral candidates was unusual for Philippi, according to City Clerk Tammy Stemple.

"Maybe there was just a renewed interest in trying to see some things done in Philippi and maybe people just were interested in running to see what they could accomplish," she said.

In City Council races, John Green won the North Central District seat with 239 votes, while Bennie Corder received 196. There were two write-ins for the North Central race: Richard Jones received two votes, and Bobby Gregory received one.

Terrence J. Boyd won the North East District council position with 285 votes, while Doris Mundy garnered 155.

Barbara Bryan won the South East District seat with 276 votes, while Linda Minear received 169.

Two councilman ran unopposed, with Ed Larry retaining the North Central District seat and Jeff Allen keeping the South West District position.

A total of 481 voters cast ballots in the city election.

"Typically we've had between 410 to 440 so yes, this was a little more," said Stemple, who also ran unopposed..

Contact Melissa Toothman by email at mtoothman@theinter



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