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Firefighter files for council

November 27, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Elkins Volunteer Fire Department member Lonnie Randall has filed to take on First Ward Councilman Charles Kinnison in the upcoming Elkins Municipal Election.

The in-person filing period ended on Friday, but more filings could come in through the mail. The municipal election is slated for March 5.

"New faces bring new ideas," Randall said. "There are some things in Elkins that need work."

Randall said he wants to represent not only his ward, but all residents of the city. He is a volunteer firefighter and an ATV safety instructor.

"I've spent my life helping people," he said. "I want to continue to do that."

Kinnison was originally appointed to council to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Rob Beckwith.

Elkins City Clerk Sutton Stokes said the in-person filing period ended on Friday, but people may have also sent their candidacy materials by mail. Filings by mail will be accepted as long as they were postmarked by midnight Saturday, Stokes said.

"All my (candidacy) forms are accounted for, but someone could have downloaded one from the (West Virginia) Secretary of State's website," Stokes said.

Stokes said the city did not receive any filings by mail on Monday.

The only other contested council race is in 4th Ward. Incumbent Councilwoman Nanci Bross-Fregonara will face resident Hollis Vance.

In the 2nd Ward, resident Mitch Marstiller has filed to fill the seat. Incumbent Councilman Tom Hensil will not seek re-election. Hensil served on council for eight years.

Incumbent council members Carman Metheny, 3rd Ward; Jim Bibey, 5th Ward; and Joe Sabatino, 5th Ward, have all filed to retain their seats.

Two seats are available in 5th Ward because Sabatino was appointed to the seat after former Councilman Danny Satterfield resigned. Sabatino has filed to fill the unexpired term that would have been up for grabs in 2015. Bibey will be running for a full four-year term.



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