Huntington City Council Has New Make Up

Updated 6 years ago by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
Rick Simmons elected in District 9
Rick Simmons elected in District 9
Photo Austin Sanders

Council woman Rebecca Thacker surged to the #1 vote getter in her at large council race, based on reports of 40 of 40 Cabell and Wayne precincts. Ms. Thacker picked up 6,767 votes with David Ball, a fellow Democrat, caterer and retired firefighter, achieving 6,584 votes.

Former councilman and retired Marshall professor, Cal Kent,  finished third at 5,693 followed by former police chief, Gordon Ramey II with 5,517.

On the district level, Pete Gillespie II (D) , a first timer running for political office, bested long time City Charter champion, Tom McCallister. He received 762 votes to McCallister  who finished with 471 votes. Frances Jackson beat independent Pete Gillespie Sr. 432-169 in District 3. Republican Gary Bunn will replace Nate Randolph in District 4. Randolph did not seek re-election. Bunn had 1,139 votes too Steve Phipps 934. Scott Caserta  won reelection 868 to 443 against B.J. Ellis in District 7. Tom McGuffin, who ousted Kirt Gillenwater in the primary, toppled Richard “Dick” Strode 566-333 who ran as an independent in District 8. Rick Simmons, a long time Guyandotte promoter who has been hindered by illness, received 773 votes to Sherry Lynn McClanahan’s 643.

Mark Bates (District 5), Sandra Clements (District 6) and Joyce Clark (District 1) did not face any opposition.

Jim Insco was barred by term limits.

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