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Bradley upsets Smith in New Market mayor's race

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

With the election Tuesday of Councilman Doug Bradley as New Market's mayor, the town will have an empty Town Council seat.

Bradley, 73, beat out incumbent Larry Smith, 68, carrying 63 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting, according to complete but unofficial results from the Virginia State Board of Elections. He had 196 votes to Smith's 112.

The new mayor was appointed to the New Market Town Council last year following the death of Councilwoman Mary Alice Burch. He had two years left in his term.

Smith had said that if Bradley won, the council would have 45 days to appoint a replacement, with an election for that seat being held in November.

Bradley thanked the voters who supported him in a Tuesday night phone interview.

"I'm really thankful, and I'm very excited about being elected," he said. "I look forward to working with the people and working in town and doing some improvements in town. It certainly is a pleasure for me to serve the people of New Market. I enjoy living here."

Bradley served as the mayor of Clark, Pa. for 18 years, and spent eight years before that as a councilman.

The outgoing mayor was gracious about his loss Tuesday night.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time as mayor," he said. "I would've liked to have had more time to continue, but they've elected a competent individual who's very nice. I think he will do a great job.

In the council race, incumbent Eddie Litten was re-elected with 159 votes, according to the board of elections. Two newcomers, Tim Palmer and Scott Wymer, beat challenger Roy Muller for the other two seats.

Palmer had 239 votes, Wymer 238 and Muller 140, according to the board of elections.

The top vote-getter, Palmer, 70, said he was happy with the results.

"I've been looking forward to this for a while, and done a lot of studying on the town of New Market, on our comprehensive plan that we've had in place," he said. "I'm looking forward to working with the other individuals on the council and, of course, the new mayor at this point and [seeing] what we can accomplish in the next four years.

"We've got some council members who have a long-standing experience in the town. It's good that we have those people there who can bring a lot of that knowledge and information with them."

The retired school teacher said he wants to help draw more tourists to New Market, which he called a "resort town."

"We have so many things to offer tourists going up and down [Interstate] 81," Palmer said. "We've got a good community. We have so many things to offer."

Wymer, 44, also thanked those who supported him at the elections.

"I'm really happy that people have confidence in me and gave me a chance to do what I said I was going to do," he said. "I want to listen to them and see what their concerns are and take [them] back to council or the committees and see what we can do."

Litten, 65, was also pleased by the results.

"I'm happy," he said. "I will do my best for the next four years to represent the citizens and the town to the best of my ability."

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