Frank Mullens Wins South Charleston Mayoral Election

By: Will Jones Email
By: Will Jones Email

The results are in!

The new mayor of South Charleston will be Republican Frank Mullens. He defeated Democrat Mark Wolford.

Mullens received almost 64 percent of the votes, Wolford got only 36 percent and voter turnout was at about 36 percent.

And after Mullens’ big win, one party in South Charleston may have been a little loud on Saturday night! That’s because Frank Mullens celebrated his victory with family and friends. About 50 people made their way over to his house after the results came in. Mullens says he’s thrilled about his win.

“Obviously we’re exited and having fun,” said Mullens. “It's been a great night. I kind of feel like I hit the lottery to be honest with you."

Mullens will replace long time Mayor Richie Robb, who has been mayor for more than 30 years.

One unusual thing about this election, however, is the amount of write-in candidates. None of them had enough votes to win, but they did make an impact.

There were two close races with write-in candidates. In Council Ward I, about 39 percent of the votes were write-ins, but Kent Rymer still had enough votes to win.

In Council Ward IV, about 44 percent of the votes went to a write-in candidate, but again, Democrat Jef Stevens got the majority of votes.

A complete listing of election winners is posted on

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