McDaniel retains post as Coal Grove mayor
In the hotly contested mayor’s race in Coal Grove, incumbent Larry McDaniel won with a total of 561 votes to former mayor Tom McKnight’s 428.
McDaniel has been the village mayor for the past four years. Tom McKnight has served as mayor for a total of 19 years.
He was mayor from 1976 to 1990 but resigned because of family issues. In 1999, he was reelected. In 2003, McDaniel won over McKnight.
McDaniel said he was pleased with the results and how he campaigned.
“I tried not to have anything negative in the campaign,” he said.
McDaniel said in his second term he would like to continue working on the village finances and getting grants in place to fix various things.
“We are just now getting back on our feet,” he said.
He said among the projects he would like to get completed is the air stripper at the water treatment plant, updating the sewer system which is about 70 percent completed and the third phase of the boat ramp.
“The third phase is building the exit road on the river side and blacktopping the entrance and exit roads,” McDaniel said.
Once it is completed, people would enter on one side of the water and sewage treatment plant and exit on the side closest to the Ohio River.
He said he is looking to continue working with the six person village council.
“We have a good council and hopefully we can work together and continue to improve the village,” McDaniel said.
He also thanked all those who helped him win from those who put up signs and knocked on doors for him.
In the Athalia mayor’s race, Gary Simpson defeated incumbent Jimmie Chapman 56 to 35.
In the Hanging Rock mayor’s race, incumbent Chris Davidson retained his seat over Victor Hopper Jr. with the votes going 99 to 34.
In the Chesapeake mayor’s race, Dick Gilpin defeated incumbent Jimmie Justice 163 to 142.
In the Proctorville mayor’s race, incumbent Jimmy Buchanon was defeated by one vote by challenger Charles Stapleton, 82-81.
In the South Point mayor’s race, William Gaskin ran unopposed. He got 881 votes.
All results are unofficial.
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