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Holtzman out, new mayor picked for Mount Jackson

Cathy Dinkle, left, and her mother Betty Wilson, right, exit the polls outside Strasburg High School on Tuesday afternoon after voting in the Town Council election. Strasburg had five candidates seeking four council seats. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

Tom Parker of Strasburg casts his ballot on the electronic voting machine inside Strasburg High School on Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily (Buy photo)

By Alex Bridges

Voters in Shenandoah County towns picked local leaders Tuesday, adding new faces while unseating one longtime councilman.

In Mount Jackson, voters elected J.G. "Bucky" Miller as the town's new mayor, according to unofficial election results provided by the county's General Registrar Lisa McDonald. Miller defeated Allen L. "Al" Asbury for the position currently held by Michael Koontz. Town Council appointed Koontz to fill out the remainder of the term when longtime Mayor Joseph Williams died unexpectedly last summer.

Unofficial results show Miller received 179 votes compared to Asbury's 42. Unofficial results for each race include absentee ballots cast.

Mount Jackson voters also picked council members to fill three seats. Kenneth H. Hackenbracht won re-election to serve another term but longtime Councilman W. Todd Holtzman failed to receive enough votes to keep his seat. Instead, voters selected Roger A. Rudy and Whitney J. Sperry Miller to fill the remaining seats.

Unofficial vote tallies show 163 for Rudy, 143 for Sperry Miller, 156 for Hackenbracht and 114 for Holtzman.

In Strasburg, incumbents retained their seats on Town Council. Councilmen Donald M. Le Vine, Scott E. Terndrup and John M. Hall Jr. were re-elected to the board. Newcomer Seth John Newman also won a seat on council. Edith R. Wallace did not receive enough votes in the contest to win one of the four seats up for election. Councilwoman Sarah Mauck chose not to run for a third term, making her seat available.

Unofficial results show 275 votes for Le Vine, 259 for Newman, 100 for Wallace, 249 for Terndrup and 274 for hall.

In New Market, voters re-elected Councilmen John H. Blosser and Gary D. Comer. Peggy L. Harkness, appointed to council to fill an unexpired term, also received enough votes to win one of three seats up for election. James E. Stroop Jr. did not get enough votes.

Unofficial results showed 111 votes for Harkness, 64 for Stroop, 92 for Blosser and 119 for Blosser.

Edinburg Mayor Daniel J. Harshman and Council members Bradley Mark Dellinger, Steven D. Wood and Fay M. Wymer ran unopposed for re-election.

Woodstock Mayor Jeremy D. McCleary ran unopposed for his position, as did Councilwoman A. Paje Cross and Councilmen Frank H. Haun and Stephen D. Heishman.

Of the 957 voters registered in Mount Jackson, only 229, or 24 percent, cast ballots in the mayoral and council elections.

In Strasburg, 325 of the 3,939 registered voters, or 8.2 percent, cast ballots.

In New Market, 156 of the town's 1,165 registered voters, or 13.3 percent, cast ballots.

In Woodstock, 103 of the 3,029 registered voters, or 3.4 percent, participated.

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

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