Two of three incumbents are out in Coeburn where challenger and former county sheriff's investigator Mike Holbrook claimed a seat on town council with a whopping 30 percent of the vote with 270. Incumbent and current mayor Jeff Kiser was returned to office with 178 votes and challenger Michael Wright won with 166 votes. Out are incumbents Jess Powers with 141 and Veronica Buchanan with 138.
In Pound, a newcomer was the top vote-getter in today's council election, both incumbents were returned to office and the mayor handily won a third term over a write-in challenger.
Mayor George Dean took 143 votes to 74 for Rocky Cantrell, who was not on the ballot this time around. In a failed bid for the seat two years ago, Cantrell lost to Dean by just 17 votes.
Challenger Jonathan Powers got 132 votes to fill the seat being vacated by Vice Mayor Jerry Wolfe. Incumbent Clifton Cauthorne kept his seat with 131 votes and Glenn Cantrell was returned to office with 115 votes. Jay Graham was close at 109 votes while Gail Currey got 102 and former councilman Jimmy Pelfrey took 34.
In Big Stone Gap, incumbent Gary Johnson was the top vote getter with 215 and challenger Robert C. Bloomer took 173 to claim a seat on town council. Incumbent James "Cotton" Stone was returned to office with 166 votes. Leonard Rogers lost his re-election bid with 130 votes.
In Appalachia, all incumbents were returned to office, including John Tull with 112 votes, Bob Hartley with 108 and Teddie Collins Jr. with 104. Former mayor and councilman Eddie Gollaway failed in his write-in challenge.
Wise councilmen Billy Bartlett and Jeff Dotson ran without opposition, as did St. Paul’s mayor Kyle Fletcher and councilmen Jason Kilgore, Tim Boardwine and Harry Kelly.