Wellsburg, Follansbee, Bethany Elections Held
WELLSBURG — The unofficial votes were tallied Tuesday night for the general election in both Wellsburg and Follansbee, as well as for the municipal election in Bethany.
For this year’s general election, 48 residents of Wellsburg casted their votes to select the leaders of their community.
4th Ward incumbent Della Serevicz faced opposition from Rick Mozingo. However, Serevicz was able to keep her seat on the council with 13 votes, 62 percent of the 21 4th Ward votes that were cast. Mozingo received 8 votes.
Serevicz has represented the 4th Ward for 10 years.
“I would like to thank the citizens of the Fourth Ward for their support and friendship,” Serevicz said.
Daniel Dudley of the city’s 1st Ward; Paul Billiard of the 2nd Ward and Randy Fletcher of the 3rd Ward faced no opposition and will also remain on the Wellsburg City Council.
In addition, Amanda Dudley, who was sworn in as city clerk Feb.12, was an unopposed write-in candidate for the position of city clerk.
The City of Wellsburg is accepting letters of interest to fill the vacated seat of 3rd Ward Council that was formally held by Tom Diserio Monday. Anyone interested must live and be registered to vote in the Third Ward. The candidate selected will complete the unexpired term of two years of a four year term, at which the coucilmember can be elected into the position.
Letters of interest should be sent to Simonetti at 70 Town Square by June 28.
In Follansbee, an estimated 234 registered voters went to the polls to make their voices heard. Wendy DeAngelis beat out Ryan Brindley for the 5th Ward seat in Follansbee’s only contested race.
DeAngelis won 67 votes, 51 percent of the votes from the 131 voters in the 5th Ward. Brindley received 64 votes.
“I appreciate every vote,” DeAngelis said. “I know it was a close race. Ryan is a good guy, and I will do the best job I can.”
Originally Alexis Russel faced James Nelson for the seat of Fourth Ward; however, Nelson removed his name from the ballot leaving Russel to run unopposed.
Kathy Santoro, 3rd Ward incumbent, and John Casinelli, Council at Large incumbent, both filed for re-election and did not face opposition.
New to the Follansbee City Council, Charles McCoy filed for the seat of 2nd Ward and also faced no opposition for position.
Mayor David Velegol, City Attorney Michael Gaudio and City Clerk Dave Kurcina all filed for re-election and did not face opposition.
Additionally, Follansbee Police Chief John Schwertfeger did not seek re-election after serving 20 years in the post.
However, Larry Rea, Follansbee’s fire chief, filed for police chief and did not face opposition.
The Town of Bethany had a turnout of 106 voters at Tuesday’s municipal election.
For the role of mayor, Shirley Kemp ran against Thom Furbee.
Kemp won with 75, 71 percent of the residents’ votes.
“I would like to thank all those who voted for me today” said Kemp. “I will do my best to reward the faith they have placed in me. I look forward to bringing some new life to the town.”
Former Mayor Patrick Sutherland did not file for re-election; however, Sutherland did file for one of the five council-at-large positions.
“Sometimes a change is needed,” said Sutherland in a June 3 interview.
Sutherland did earn a seat at the council with roughly 73 votes, 69 percent of the votes, an Forsty, 89, 84 percent of votes; Helen Moren, 76, 72 percent of votes; Sydma Hatzopoulos, 83, 78 percent of votes; and Lindsey Gilbert Tredway, 72, 68 percent of votes.
Bethany’s incumbent City Recorder Cindy Hoffman ran in the municipal election without opposition.