- Last Updated on 08:23 PM 05/01/12
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
South Boston and Scottsburg voters settled races for two town councils Tuesday, with newcomers Bob Hughes and Tina Wyatt Younger joining South Boston Council incumbent Connie Manning who returned to office. They will join incumbent councilmen Coleman Speece, Ed Owens and Bill Snead, who weren’t up for reelection Tuesday.
South Boston Mayor Carroll Thackston, unopposed in his bid for reelection, drew 309 votes. There were five write-in votes for mayor.
Voters gave Younger 273 votes, Hughes 267 votes and Manning 221 votes.
In their unsuccessful bids for council, Radford Trent garnered 158 votes, and Ronnie Couch received 117 votes.
In Scottsburg incumbent Mayor Ira Wilkerson II drew 17 votes of confidence in his uncontested reelection bid. There was one write-in vote for mayor.
Elected to council were Robert D. Elliott, 17 votes; Connie H. Glass, 17 votes; Russell I. Puckett Jr., 17 votes and James E. Stoner Sr., 17 votes.
A total of 11 write-in votes were cast for Scottsburg Town Council.
General Registrar Judy Meeler said at press time the write-in votes could not be identified.
Earlier in the day Tuesday, Meeler reported a very light voter turnout.
“From what I understand it’s going to be a little bit light,” she said around 2 p.m.
Election officials in South Boston said that of the approximately 2,000 plus registered voters in the town, only 285 had cast votes as of 2:30 p.m. representing a little more than 10 percent.
“I was there (at the Armory) off and on all day long, and it appeared to me there were a large number of voters,” said Thackston. “The parking lot at 6:20 p.m. when I left was full.”
Thackston congratulated the winners.
“I feel confident we will have a solid town council that will work together as a team. We’ve had this spirit of teamwork the past 12 years during my service on council.
“I continue without hesitation that the services of Dr. Morris and Morris Bryant will be sorely missed. I want to thank them on behalf of the town for their many contributions.
“It’s good to see citizens do their civic duty and take the time and make the effort to vote in this important election,” said Thackston.
Thackston thanked the citizens for their continuing confidence in electing him for another term as their mayor.