Charleston Mayor Danny Jones Wins Reelection

By: Anna Baxter, Michael Hyland Email
By: Anna Baxter, Michael Hyland Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Danny Jones will serve another four year term as Charleston's mayor.

The incumbent was up against Democrat Janet Thompson in the city's general election on Tuesday.

Jones received 71-percent of the vote to serve a third term in the city's top job.

During the city's election, 3,349 voted for Jones. Thompson only received 1,376 votes.

Earlier this week, Mayor Jones told he expects to have one of the toughest budgets this term since taking office. He says the city's pension plan is still hurting the city financially.

The mayor says the city will look at increasing fire fees and even raising sewage fees as a possible solution to the mounting pension deficit.

However, Mayor Jones said he would not increase the city's user fee during this term in office. That's the $2-a week fee that people who work in the city must pay.

Jones becomes the fourth mayor to win a third term in West Virginia's most populous city.

Another big race: the at-large city council seats. Eleven people ran for six spots. All four of the incumbents, including Tom Lane, Jerry Ware, Mary Jean Davis McIntosh and Kasey Russell were all reelected. Andy Richardson and Chris Dodrill also won their at-large council seats.

Many of these at-large council candidates have been running on issues like building up downtown, improving public safety, and trying to solve the big pension issue for police and firefighters.

Lane tells this will be his last term on Charleston's city council. He doesn't plan to run for re-election.

The election did have a few upsets Tuesday night, bringing some new faces to council.

Teresa "Tricky" Reed lost her seat representing the 5th Ward. Reed was charged with DUI last month and voters in the end chose not to reelect the incumbent. Mike Nichols will now serve the 5th Ward.

In Ward 20, incumbent Cheryle Hall lost to republican Brent Burton.

Dave Higgins also lost his reelection bid on Tuesday. Republican Courtney Persinger will now represent the 15th Ward.

The other races, including Municipal Judge and City Treasurer were unopposed. Anne Charnock will remain the city's Municipal Judge. Vic Grigoraci will serve another term as City Treasurer.

Voter turnout was around 13 percent during Tuesday's city election.

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