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Bautista new Rowlesburg mayor

KINGWOOD — Only four Preston County municipalities held elections this year.

Of those four, only Rowlesburg had candidates facing opposition in the race.

Eric F. Bautista will be the new mayor of Rowlesburg with 91 votes, followed by Bruce W. Stone with 40 and Michael Sinclair with 24.

Kimberley Felton was unopposed for recorder. She received 122 votes and a write-in candidate received one.

Ten candidates vied for seats on the five-member Rowlesburg council. Deloris Riggs received 91 votes. Two candidates, Eric V. Baumgardner and Donna Close, each received 86; Gary Henline, 81; E. Betty Moats, 75; T. J. Hawkins, 61; Kimberley Baker, 59; Art Sigley, 51; Chris Arbogast, 42; and Kenny McLaughlin, 32.

Kingwood Council incumbent Jean Manuel Guillot will continue as mayor with 541 votes. A write-in candidate received 11 votes. William Charles Robertson received 542 votes for recorder, and a write-in candidate received two.

Incumbent council member Tina Turner received 493 votes; Dick Shaffer, 484; Josh Fields, 470; Karen Kurilko, 442; and Mike Lipscomb, 434.

In Tunnelton, Haley Chipman received 18 votes for mayor. No candidates filed for recorder. Only three candidates filed for the five seats on town council: Patty Nicholson with 17 votes, and Lee Moats and Rose Wright each received 14 votes.

In Bruceton Mills, Mary Nieman was unopposed as mayor. She received 14 votes. No candidates filed for the position of recorder.

Candidates for council are Rodney Nieman with 12 votes, Myron Livengood with 10 votes, Kathy Smith with nine votes and Laura Dulaney with seven.

All vote totals are unofficial until the canvass.

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