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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Bedford’s town council election lived up to its promise of providing little drama Tuesday.
The only seven candidates running for seven seats all were elected to the new council that will take charge when the city reverts to a town system of government this summer.
Six of the seven winners during Tuesday’s special election currently serve on the city council, which will cease to exist July 1, when the lengthy process of giving up independent city status and becoming part of Bedford County is complete.
Bedford mayor Bob Wandrei received the most votes with 194, followed by newcomer Robert Carson’s 184, C.G. Stanley’s 171 and James Vest’s 170. Those winners, the top four vote-getters, will serve until 2016.
Steve Rush, Stacey Hailey and Skip Tharp will round out the seven-member council. Their terms expire in 2014. After that, members will serve four-year terms, with elections every two years.
Just 306 voters cast their ballots on a rainy Election Day, a 7.9 percent turnout, according to Registrar Randi Herrick.
“That’s better than some primaries we have had,” Herrick said, “but as far as council, it’s probably the lowest we’ve had in a while.”
Current city Councilwoman Mary Flood did not run. At least 31 write-in votes were cast, Herrick said.
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