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