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Milton OKs 4-year municipal term

May. 07, 2013 @ 11:05 PM

MILTON -- Tom Canterbury was re-elected as mayor of Milton on Tuesday, and, for the first time in the city's history, he will serve a four-year term after citizens approved a charter measure to break away from two-year terms for municipal officials.

The measure was approved by a vote of 239 to 195 in a move that Canterbury said will save the city about $8,500 annually.

Canterbury received 285 votes for his re-election, and challenger Jimmy Smith received 165 votes, said Cabell County Clerk Karen Cole.

Phyllis Kirtley-Smith was unopposed for town recorder, and she received 309 votes.

Milton City Council will be comprised of Carl. D Harshbarger, Cecil D. Taylor, Charles Conard, Pat Wisman and Robert "Bob" Legg.

Harshbarger received the most votes with 291 ballots cast in his favor, and Taylor was second with 263. Just 21 votes separated Conard, who received 250 votes, and Wisman, who received 229 votes. Legg received 224 votes.

Other candidates for council were Frank Mullins, who received 142 votes, and Anthony "Tony" Cremeans, who received 121 votes.

Cole said a total of 454 ballots were cast during Tuesday's election, which represents about 29.4 percent of registered voters in Milton.

Canterbury said he was eager to get back to work as mayor, and he was glad to have more time to do it.

"I am tickled to death the citizens of Milton put their faith and trust in me for a third term," said Canterbury. "We hit the ground running four years ago, and we had a lot of work to do. We still have some work to do. The people of Milton know what they want, and they go get it."

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