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Davis voted off Middletown council

By Alex Bridges

Voters in Middletown on Tuesday did not re-elect Councilman Mark H. Davis, according to unofficial results.

Davis sought a second, four-year term on council but faced competition as one of four candidates seeking to fill three seats.

Councilman C.C. "Trip" Chewning III received 319, or 28.92 percent, of the 1,103 votes cast in the race, unofficial results from the State Board of Elections showed Wednesday. Councilwoman Carole S. Snyder received 270, or 24.48 percent, and newcomer Mary L. Shull received 261, or 23.66 percent, of the votes.

Davis received 237, or 21.49 percent, of the votes. Davis could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Voters cast 16 votes for write-in candidates.

Unofficial results in the Middletown races were not available from the Frederick County Voter Registration Office, via the state electoral board, until late Tuesday night.

Middletown Councilmen John A. Copeland and Thomas M. Simon sought two council seats in a special election. Mayor Charles H. Harbaugh IV ran unopposed for his first term in the position. Copeland and Simon were appointed to council in the spring. Harbaugh took on the role of mayor in the spring after Brown resigned.

Former Middletown Mayor Marshall "Mark" Brown, who resigned in March in protest, had cited Davis as one of three council members who spurred his decision to step down. Brown also named Councilwoman Donna M.G. Gum and then Councilman Carl Bernhards Jr. Bernhards later resigned from council for personal reasons after his indictment on tax fraud charges. Bernhards' resignation created a vacancy, which was filled by the election.

Speaking by phone early Wednesday morning, Brown commented on the local and nationwide election results. The region's leaders "need to take a look at where they're going in the Shenandoah Valley because the election is showing that we as a community are out of step with the state of Virginia and out of step with the country and it's time to reevaluate what we really want, and what we need to do is sit down and talk and not dig our heels in," Brown said.

In other local elections, voters in Stephens City reelected Town Councilmen Joseph E. Grayson, Joseph W. Hollis and Ronald L. Bowers. The candidates ran unopposed for the three council seats.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com


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