Williams, Wolfe Will Compete for Mayor

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Steve Williams
Steve Williams

Huntington Mayor Kim Wolfe ( R) will face Steve Williams (D) in the general election, but Dale Anderson II, kept the race respectably close. With 100% of the ballots counted, Wolfe had 1,100 to Anderson's 782 votes. Democratic challenger Steve Williams, a current city councilman, won his contest against Stephen Anderson Jr. by an approximate 3-1 margin. With 100% of the ballots counted, Steve Williams had 3,032 and Stephen Anderson Jr. 952.

Mayor Kim Wolfe told HNN in a late evening text that "I met with Dale (Anderson) after the totals and thanked him. We both agreed to work together for a victory for Huntington this November."

Steve Williams told HNN in a late evening text: "I am pleased with our results and look forward to an active campaign this fall."

Dale Anderson said in a press release, "Thanks to all my supporters. We ran an excellent, issues driven campaign but ultimately we fell short. I will continue to fight for the citizens of the Republic and a return to a local Constitutionally limited government."

Huntington City Council races included a squeaker and two upsets.

A squeaker resulted in Frances Jackson going back to represent District III, but her margin was only ten votes over Aaron Michael Fox. Since no Republican filed, the primary winner takes the council seat. Jackson finished with 65, Fox 55 and Laishley had 42.

Two upsets among incumbent city council members. Pete Gillespie II knocked off incumbent Teresa Loudermilk 250-136, while Tom McCallister won the right to challenge Gillespie in the general election.

Tom McGuffin upset Kirk Gillenwater 115-90 with 100% reporting in the District 8 race.

Rebecca Thacker and David Ball will be the Democratic at-large candidates for the fall. Thacker had 2,145 votes and Ball 1,690. Will Holland received 760 votes. Their fall opposition will be Cal Kent and Gordon Ramey II.

Sherry Lynn McClanahan narrowly won the right to face Rick Simmons in District 9. Ms. McClanahan had 85 votes and challenger Jeanne Crum Wray 76.

In District 4, Gary Bunn (R) received 253 votes to Bethann Houser Earl's 85 votes. Bunn faces Democratic contender Steve Phipps in the fall.

The fall District 7 race pits Scott Caserta , the Democratic incumbent, versus Bobby Ellis III ( R ). 

The primary , however, determined that Joyce Clark will replace Jim Ritter in District 1, as Ritter , who is ill, did not seek re-election. Council chairman and vice chairperson, Sandra Clements had no opposition in District 5 and 6. Frances Jackson's victory in District 3 assures her of a third term.