<h1>Tuesday\u2019s municipal election in White Sulphur Springs netted the town a new mayor and five new council members.<\/h1>\r\nThe election was the town\u2019s first since the devastating flooding of June 2016. Mayor Lloyd Haynes, whose wife died only two days after the flood, opted to not run again. Bruce Bowling won the mayoral contest with 313 votes against challenger Ryan L. Lockhart, who received 82 votes.\r\n\r\nThe council member election, where all five members were up for reelection and faced off with five other contenders, turned ugly right before citizens took to the polls.\r\n\r\nAt a city council meeting the night before the election, council member Audrey VanBuren, her sister Helen Burns and citizen Sue King all spoke out against an anonymous flyer that was mailed to White Sulphur citizens and placed on car windshields. The flyer accused VanBuren and city council incumbent Mark Gillespie of frivolous spending in the year after the flood.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt just makes me so sad,\u201d King told council Monday night. \u201cIt\u2019s really hitting below the belt.\u201d\r\n\r\nVanBuren and Gillespie got the last laugh on election day - both candidates easily won their seats in the race, with VanBuren receiving 224 votes and Gillespie garnering 219.\r\n\r\nIn addition to VanBuren and Gillespie, other winners were Chris Hanna (202 votes), incumbent George \u201cG.P.\u201d Parker (246 votes), and Mary Buskirk Collins (258 votes).\r\n\r\nIncumbents Larry Wayne Wakeford (96 votes) and Ted Humphreys (84 votes) each lost their seat. Peggy Bland, who did not run for reelection as city recorder in order to run for city council did not win a seat either. Bland received 162 votes.\r\n\r\nThe other candidates were Penny Fiorvante (93 votes), Lynn Swann (157 votes) and Ryan P. Ellis (52 votes).\r\n\r\nKathy L. Glover ran unopposed for city recorder, and received 337 votes.