By Peggy Mackenzie
June is election month in Greenbrier County. Citizens can expect to see some changes on their area city councils, and possibly, in their mayoral seats. Lewisburg, White Sulphur Springs, Alderson and Rainelle will all hold their elections on Tuesday, June 9, while Ronceverte’s council elections were held last week on June 2. (See Ronceverte election results on page 2.)
Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester’s first time challenger is Martha Hilton, whose Community Party platform is joined by Edith McKinley, seeking a seat on the city council. Incumbent council members wishing to retain their seats are Joseph Lutz and Beverly White.
White Sulphur Springs Mayor Lloyd Haynes and Recorder Peggy Bland are running unopposed, while current council members George “G.P.” Parker and Audrey Van Buren will face Larry Wakeford and Ted Humphreys, as well as write-in candidates Mark Gillespie, Peter Bostic and Michael Burns, all vying for five open seats on the city council.
Alderson Mayor Travis Copenhaver is the only candidate up for reelection in the town and he is running unopposed.
Rainelle Mayor Andrea “Andy” Pendleton will be challenged by Pat Bell, and Recorder Pete Adams will be vying with current council member Eddie Midkiff for the recorder’s seat. With all five council seats open, the remaining four current council members, Ron Fleshman, Randy Pendleton, Monica Venable and David Spitzer will be joined by newcomer Gary Harris.