Longtime Louisa mayor defeated by challenger
Voters in the town of Louisa elected a new mayor on Tuesday, May 6, and added a new face to town council during the general election.
R. Garland Nuckols collected 165 votes in favor, unseating incumbent Mayor James S. Artz, who garnered 110 votes, and who has served in that position since 2006.
Joining the Louisa Town Council for the first time will be Andy Wade, who claimed his seat by a landslide 183 votes. Mary Jane Clarke, who is the current vice mayor, retained her council seat, hanging on by just one vote, ousting hopeful Stewart Reynolds.
“We had an unbelievable turnout,” Nuckols said. “I am looking forward in trying to do my best to serve the people, ‘cause that is what it is about.”
Nuckols said that the 268 of 898 registered voters who came out to the polls indicates that town residents are ready for a change and no longer want just the status quo.
To read the entire story, see the May 8 edition of The Central Virginian.
Newcomer turns heads, elected to Mineral council
The results are in, and they confirm that there will be a new face in the mix when Mineral Town Council holds their monthly meeting in July.
Doswell “Tex” Pierce, who has never served on a town council previously, pulled in nearly 15 percent of the vote in the Mineral Town Council general election on Tuesday, May 6 to join the six-member council.
Of the five incumbent Mineral Town Council members who were reelected, none garnered more support than Pierce. Council member Roy F. “Snake” McGehee was the closest, with 13.37 percent.
“It was kind of a surprise,” Pierce said. “I didn’t expect that. I expected to win, but I didn’t expect it to be in that way.”
Pierce will join current town council members Michael Warlick, Dr. William Thomas, Tom Runnett, Vice-Mayor Bernice Wilson-Kube and McGehee to serve four-year terms.
“We look forward to working with the new council member,” Runnett said.
“I thank the citizens of Mineral for electing me for another four-year term,” Runnet added. “I hope to continue to serve them as I have in the past.”