Council Votes Canvassed

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A canvass of last Saturday's special Parkersburg City Council election didn't change the results of the vote. In fact, the winner added to his landslide victory.

Mike Reynolds defeated five challengers to win the seat vacated by Betty Mather last October. After Friday’s canvass, four votes were added to his total.

The special election was the first city-wide election in more than three years, and the first since early voting was allowed in West Virginia.

"We were glad to get this small election," says city clerk Connie Shaffer. "(This year's election) will be by paper ballots, and the procedure will be the same, except it will be eight more districts instead of one."

Shafer is referring to a proposed date change of this year's city primary to mid-June from early September. A public hearing on that change is scheduled on February 15 at 6 p.m.