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Philippi Municipal Elections Held Tuesday

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The Philippi Municipal polling booths opened at 6:30 on Tuesday morning and remained open until 7:30 p.m.

"Today we're holding the city of Philippi Municipal election and we have seven offices that are up for election. Today, the mayor, the clerk and five councilmen," said Tammy Stemple, Philippi City Clerk.

The state primaries were held a week prior, and some questioned why both elections didn't take place on the same day.

"We've had people ask why we don't do it the same day as the primary election for the state, but like I stated before this date the third Tuesday in May is regulated by our charter," Stemple said.

Probably the most anticipated and most competitive race is the race for mayor.

"I would probably have to venture a guess that it would be our mayor's race," Stemple said. "We have seven candidates that have filed. So I'm sure people are anxious to see at the end of the day who our mayor will be."

The candidates for mayor include: Dean Springer, Sam Schola, C. Jerry Mouser, Phil Bowers, Verle Brown, Susie Cvechko and incumbent David "Chris" Mulneix.

Stemple said this many candidates isn't typical in Philippi and there are a few possibilities as to why this election is different.

"During this election, this certainly has been the most mayor candidates we've had," Stemple said. "I'm unsure why. Maybe some folks just want to see some change going on. Maybe there's a renewed interest in municipal government."

But the long list of candidates stops at city mayor.

Several candidates this election are running unopposed.

Tammy Stemple is running unopposed for city clerk. Two of the five councilmen races list only one candidate as well.

Incumbent Ed Larry is the only name listed for North Central District and former Councilman Jeff Allen is running unopposed from the Southwest District.

The other three council positions feature two candidates.

For Councilman of the Northwest District, John Green faces Bennie Corder.

For Councilman of the Northeast District, Incumbent Terrence Boyd faces Doris Mundy.

And For Councilman of the Southeast District, Incumbent Barbara Bryan faces Linda Menear.

Stemple said she expects roughly 450 people to vote in Tuesday's elections.

Results are expected to be announced around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening.  

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