Hillsville citizens vote for change
by By Allen Worrell
Hillsville citizens have voted for change, electing a new mayor and a new council member in Tuesday's Municipal Elections.
Although the first numbers released were unofficial, challenger Greg Crowder defeated incumbent Bill Tate in the mayoral race by 30 votes, 312-282. Although Tate edged Crowder in two of the four Wards (winning Pine Creek 97-87 and Laurel Fork 75-48), Crowder made up the difference with a 103-66 edge in the Sulphur Springs Ward and a 70-36 margin in the Pipers Gap Ward.
Challenger David Young also unofficially defeated long-time Pipers Gap Ward Council member Orba Alderman by 31 votes, with 70 votes compared to Alderman's 39.
Pine Creek Ward Council member Ed Terry was the lone incumbent to retain his seat, defeating challenger Phyllis Lackey by a 140-49 margin.
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