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Ashland elects new mayor

Nov. 06, 2012 @ 11:55 PM

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — Three incumbent members of the Ashland Board of City Commissioners, a former, two-term commissioner and a new mayor will be around after the first of the year to make decisions on the five-member board, according to unofficial results Tuesday night from the Boyd County Courthouse.

Chuck Charles, who oversaw Summer Motion activities in Ashland for a number years, was unopposed in his first bid for a four-year term as mayor.

“I’m excited about the team we have assembled,” Charles said Thursday night. “I’m ready to move forward. I want to get the city in a better position economically. I want Ashland to be the city of choice not only in the Tri-State or the state, but in the United States.”

Kevin Gunderson, a former Ashland police officer shot in the line of duty, has served on the board since 1990. He was elected to the board for the 12th time Tuesday. He will, once again, serve as mayor pro tem, the title given to the commissioner with the most votes.

“I feel very flattered by the results,” Gunderson said. “The budget will be tighter next year. We’ll have less money from the federal government. We could start a long-term redevelopment of the coke plant property. That project could take up to 10 years.”

Results from the commissioners showed Gunderson with 4,440 votes, Marty Gute finished second with 4,305 votes, Cheryl Spriggs, a former commissioner, won another two-year term with 4,247 votes and Larry Brown, another long-term commissioner, finished fourth with 4,163 votes.

Tim A. Duley came in fifth in the race for four seats, with 3,856 votes and Tom Cantrell, an incumbent commissioner, finished sixth with 3,503 votes.