Middletown, Stephens City council seats filled

By Ryan Cornell

Four councilmen reclaimed their posts and two newcomers joined town councils in Middletown and Stephens City, according to unofficial results.

In Middletown, Councilman Jeff Pennington received 205 votes, or 34 percent, and Councilman Tom Simon received 184 votes, or 30 percent, of the 609 votes cast in the race, unofficial results from the Frederick County Voter Registration Office showed Tuesday night. Scott Fink, running for Councilman John Copeland’s seat, received 202 votes, or 33 percent.

Stephens City councilmen Linden Fravel and Jason Nauman were reelected with votes of 301 (35 percent) and 272 (31 percent), respectively, of the 866 total votes cast, according to unofficial results. Regina Swygert-Smith, chairwoman of the town’s Board of Zoning Appeals, was elected to fill Councilwoman Martha Dilg’s seat by 271 votes, or 31 percent.

Mike Grim, who also serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals, was elected Stephens City Mayor with 227 votes, or 61 percent, of 374 total votes.

He succeeds previous Mayor Joy Shull-Gellner, who resigned earlier this year.

Although Grim was the only mayoral candidate on the ballot, Councilman Ron Bowers ran as a write-in candidate.

According to the unofficial results from the Frederick County Voter Registration Office, there were 147 total write-in votes cast for Stephens City mayor.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com