CG mayor wins third term

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, November 9, 2011

COAL GROVE — With a little more than 80 percent of the votes, Larry McDaniel will remain the mayor of the Village of Coal Grove for another four years.

McDaniel won his third term as mayor against Phillip Roush, who pulled in a little less than 20 percent of the votes.

“It makes me feel good that that many people have confidence in me,” McDaniel said.

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McDaniel said, in his upcoming term, he would like to continue to move the village forward with its water improvement projects, including cleaning and painting the water tank and possibly getting more regulator valves. McDaniel also said he would like to focus on storm drain issues in the village.

“I would just like to thank the voters for having confidence in me and voting for me,” he said.

Two new councilmen will take the seats of Nick Miller and Randy Wise, who did not run for re-election.

Chris Brammer won the most votes at more than 29 percent.

Brammer, who held a council seat from 2006-2009, said he knew going into the election that he was the “underdog.”

“I’ve always felt I was running for the right reasons,” he said. “I ran for Coal Grove. Not for personal or for family reasons.”

Brammer said he was looking forward to his term and would not make empty promises to the people in the village.

“I’m going to keep it honest,” Brammer said. “I think people would rather hear the truth.”

Tim Sexton, former Lawrence County Sheriff and investigator for the county prosecutor’s office, came up close behind Brammer with a little more than 28 percent of votes to take the other council seat.

The race was close for the position of village clerk.

First-time public office candidate Diana Wise beat out incumbent Debbie Fields by a little more than 51 percent of votes. Fields was running for her third term as clerk.

“I am very happy with the way things turned out,” Wise said, who said Fields was a tough opponent. “I look forward to supporting the people at the fullest of my capabilities for the next four years.”