Elkins residents cast their votes Tuesday evening for city election races that resulted in a new mayor and a new Elkins City Council member.
Van Broughton, with 495 votes, defeated incumbent Mayor Duke Talbott and current Third Ward Councilman Mark Scott, who received 346 and 208 votes, respectively. Broughton currently serves as a 2nd Ward Councilman.
In the 1st Ward council race, volunteer firefighter Lonnie Randall topped incumbent Charles Kinnison. Randall received 166 votes to Kinnison's 139.
In 4th Ward, incumbent Councilwoman Nanci Bross-Fregonara defeated challenger Hollis Vance. Fregonara received 176 votes to Vance's 67.
According to Sutton Stokes, Elkins city clerk, there is a total of 4,515 registered voters in Elkins. He said 1,049 voters cast their ballot for mayor - approximately 23 percent.
Approximately 28 percent cast their ballot in Ward 1, 26 percent voted in Ward 2, 17 percent voted in Ward 3, 23 percent voted in Ward 4 and 20 percent voted in Ward 5, Stokes said.
Additionally, 1,014 voters cast their ballot for the council races - approximately 22 percent of the total registered voters.
Broughton said he is thrilled to be the new mayor and hopes to build upon the foundation set by Talbott.
"I'm really excited to get started. I know it will be a smooth transition," Broughton said.
Broughton said he spoke to Talbott Tuesday evening, following the results of the election. Broughton said he told Talbott, "You made great strides with this city and I want to continue that."
Despite losing his position as mayor, Talbott remained positive about the future of the city.
"I wish Van the best of luck and I'm willing to help him if I can," he told The Inter-Mountain. "We need cooperation to move forward. We need to work together."
- Originally published March 7, 2013.