Reed, Green re-elected in local mayors races

Election Returns

By Sean Dunlap
Franklin Advocate

Municipal elections in Meadville and Bude wrapped up Tuesday night with the incumbent mayors of the two Franklin County towns winning re-election.

In Meadville’s only contested race, Mayor Lane B. Reed, a local attorney, defeated challenger Tyler Blalock, a local businessman who operates Rural Rapid Response ambulance service, 117-63, in the unofficial tally.

None of the town’s aldermen were challenged in their bids for re-election.

Here is a breakdown of the number of votes cast for Meadville’s board members, who are all elected at large:

• Charles Calcote — 131.

• Bart Jones — 138.

• David Scarbrough — 135.

• Josh Scott — 134.

• Kay Scott — 132.

In Bude, the races proved to be a lot closer as Mayor Linda Green held off a challenge by Lance Murray, 85 to 80, to return to the chief executive’s post for a second term.

In the battle to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Alderman at Large Grady Huff, James Griffin Jr., slipped past challenger Kimberly Ford, 81-80, to become the newest member on the panel.

Four of Bude’s current aldermen, elected by their distinct wards, had no opposition in Tuesday’s general election. Here is a summary of the votes garnered by those officials:

• Norma Jean Kelly, Ward 1, 59 votes.

• John Knight, Ward 2, 26 votes.

• Jillian Dunmore, Ward 3, 30 votes.

• Jeffery Quick, Ward 4, 34 votes.

Election Returns

All vote totals should be considered unofficials until the numbers are certified by each town’s election commission.

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