Winfield residents vote out all council incumbents but 1
WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Voters in Winfield kept their mayor, but decided to keep only one incumbent member of its city council in the city's municipal election on Tuesday.
Winfield residents will have their new officials longer than in the past, overwhelmingly approving a ballot measure that increases terms from two years to four years and also moves the city's election to the same date as the Putnam County General Election.
In the city council race, incumbent Joe Rumbaugh will be the only returning council member, taking 299 votes. He will be joined by Frank Bannister, who received 178 votes; Steve Hanna, who had 172 votes; Kevin Karnes, who had 171 votes; and Ryan Powers, who was given 169 votes.
Winfield voters ousted current council members Charles Keefer, Dana Campbell and Charles Eshenaur. Keefer and Campbell had 164 and 151 votes, respectively, and Eshenaur received only 78 votes. Winfield's other current councilman, Nathan Fewell, did not run.
Other council candidates and their vote totals were: John Marshall, 161 votes; Pat Woodrum, 136 votes; Hilton Ingraham, 133 votes; Ron Stone, 109 votes; and Phillip Wilmoth, 67 votes.
In the mayoral race, incumbent Randy Barrett will keep his job, defeating Dick Whitney 350-172.
Recorder Jackie Hunter ran unopposed and received 362 votes.
The winning candidates will take office on July 1. Because of Winfield's ballot referendum, they will remain in office until the general election in November 2016.
The town of Buffalo also had a municipal election Tuesday, but results had not yet been submitted to the Daily Mail. Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Murphy@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.