June 14, 2011- Municipal Election Results Coming In

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

Hundreds of communities across West Virginia are reporting results of several local elections.

In a period of constant campaigning in West Virginia, voters headed to the polls once again Tuesday to vote in hundreds of races in towns and communities across the state.

We featured a few of the races in the Kanawha Valley and the Tri-State on air. But here you can find updated results as they come in.

I spent some time in East Bank this evening in Kanawha County. I was stunned by the number of campaign signs propped up on the side of the road and through people's lawns. The town has very contested races for mayor, recorder and town council.

Some of the candidates I talked to say interest has been high this time due to the fallout from the 2007 race, when the vote was so close that the issue was taken to court.

Incumbent Mayor Chuck Blair has been serving in his position for more than 30 years. Some candidates say the town is overdue for some change.

What happened this time was that the candidates effectively split into two factions, with roughly half backing Blair and the other half backing his opponent, Bob Stone. Stone is a current council member.

People in the community say the race has gotten testy at times, with emotions running high.

But for the most part, the issues in the race aren't unique to East Bank. Leslie Tyler, a candidate for town council, said some of the main goals he has include a new playground for kids and confronting road and other infrastructure issues. Tyler says some people want change, and that the community has been "stagnant" for a while.

Mayor Blair says the two factions worked aggressively to rally people to their causes, resulting in an election where turnout is expected to be fairly high, percentage-wise.

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