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Low turnout characterizes Dunbar election

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dunbar City Clerk Ross Harrison was not pleased with the low turnout in Saturday's city primary election.

Only 591, or less than 11 percent, of the 5,445 registered voters in Dunbar cast ballots.

"That's just sad," Harrison said.

Harrison blamed the low turnout on the fact that the election was on Easter weekend.

Terry Greenlee received 363 votes to Ramona Cerra Ward's 82 to receive the Democratic nomination for the mayor's race. Greenlee will face Republican Michael Hall in the general election on June 4.

Hall ran uncontested on the Republican ticket. He received 85 votes.

Both are hoping to replace Democrat Jack Yeager, who opted not to seek reelection.

Democrat Connie Fulknier received 350 votes in an uncontested race for the nomination for city clerk. She will face Harrison, who received 95 votes on the Republican ticket.

Harrison ran unopposed.

Two Democrats will advance to the general election for the First Ward seat. Pam Reynolds received 94 votes and incumbent R.J. "Rick" Fields received 66.

They will face Steve Arnott, who was the lone Republican running for the First Ward seat. Arnott received 37 votes.

Three Democrats ran for the Second Ward seat.

Doug Fleshman received the most votes with 103. Dana K. Hayes received 77 while Sam Gassaway received 72.

Fleshman and Hayes will face off against incumbent Republican Harold Craigo. Craigo, the lone Republican seeking the seat, received 29 votes.

Incumbent Democrat Tom Bailey and Republican Connie Thompson are guaranteed seats on council representing the Third Ward.

Bailey was the lone Democrat seeking election while Thompson was the lone Republican. Bailey received 43 votes while Thompson received 22.

Democrats Everette Sullivan, an incumbent, and G.L. Harper are also guaranteed seats representing the Fourth Ward. Sullivan received 42 votes and Harper garnered 41 votes.

No Republicans ran for the seats.

Dunbar is divided into four wards with two representatives for each ward.

There are 2,992 registered Democrats in the town and 1,348 Republicans. There are 1,105 registered non-party voters in Dunbar.

A total of 451 Democrats and 139 Republicans turned out for Saturday's election. One non-party voter cast a ballot on Saturday.    

Contact writer Paul Fallon at or 304-348-4817. Follow him at



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