SHEPHERDSTOWN – Four people will serve for the first time as members of the Shepherdstown Town Council, according to the unofficial results of the town’s June 21 municipal election.
Mayor Jim Auxer, a retired prison warden, handily won re-election to a ninth two-year term, after receiving 229 votes compared to the 42 votes received by first-time candidate Todd Cotgreave, editor of a publication covering Shepherdstown news.
Incumbent Councilwoman Cheryl Roberts retained her Town Council seat as the top vote-getter in an election contest that had seven candidates competing for five council seats. Recorder Lori Robertson, an operations manager at a private school near Shepherdstown, won re-election after running unopposed.
According to votes counted during an election Board of Canvassers held Monday, the five winners of the council race are Roberts, a federal worker, with 234 votes; attorney Chris Stroech with 194 votes; Marty Amerikaner, a former psychology professor with Marshall University, with 190 votes; Jenny Haynes, a restaurant cook, with 182 votes; and Jim Ford, a former innkeeper, with 158 votes.
The two candidates who came up short are Corinne Airgood, owner of a pet-sitting business, garnered 104 votes, and three-term incumbent council member Deb Tucker, a restaurant proprietor who withdrew her candidacy after the ballots were fixed, received 98 votes.
Mark Everhart, David Rosen and David Springer are council members who did not seek re-election.
The votes on five provisional ballots and two absentee ballots were added to the election’s vote totals on Monday. The election results will be made official on Wednesday, unless a recount is requested by any of the candidates.
Auxer said upcoming projects for Shepherdstown officials include continuing to help businesses financially survive the economic downturn from the coronavirus outbreak; undertaking equipment upgrades for the town’s water treatment plant; and continuing to maintain and protect the municipality’s many public trees.