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Polls open Tuesday in municipal elections across the Twin Counties.
Five candidates will vie to fill four slots on Galax City Council, and the race in Hillsville is between Frieda Jessup and Billy Walls Sr. for the Sulphur Springs Ward on town council.
There are just enough candidates to fill spots on Independence and Fries town councils.
For Hillsville Town Council, Billy Walls Sr. is challenging Frieda Jessup for the town council seat. Jessup holds the position on council after being appointed to fill the vacancy left by the ward’s former representative, Bill Tate, who was elected Hillsville mayor in 2008.
Tate is unopposed for re-election to the two-year term of mayor. The mayoral election is the only ballot measure open to all town voters.
In the Laurel Fork ward, incumbent Greg Yonce will seek re-election. He, too, is unopposed.
Residents of Galax will choose between five candidates for four open positions on city council.
Incumbents C.M. Mitchell, Willie Greene, Derrick Davis and John Garner are all seeking reelection, with newcomer Margaret L. “Margo” Crouse also seeking a seat. Candidates run at large, meaning the four candidates receiving the most votes will be placed on council.
Council later appoints its mayor and vice mayor.
There are no contested races in this year’s municipal elections in Grayson County.
Independence residents will elect a mayor and three council members in May. According to election officials, only one candidate for mayor will appear on the ballot ee* incumbent E.F. “Butch” Reeves; and three filed for council seats ee* incumbent Tom E. Maxwell, former council member Cecil Adams and W.S. “Buddy” Halsey.
In Fries, eight candidates registered for seven open seats. But one was expected to withdraw her application.
Former Mayor Marie Isom resigned from council to avoid a possible conflict of interest involving a grant application.
Isom was one of eight candidates registered, including all incumbents and newly appointed council member Kathryn James.
Incumbents seeking re-election in Fries include Kenneth R. Brooms, William A. “Bill” Davis, Frankie Fortner, Nancy P. Hawks, Carolyn J. Jones and Gary L. Sumner. Fries Town Council appoints the mayor after the election.
In Troutdale, nobody registered to run for mayor, recorder or council seats, but those seeking office in the small town typically run as write-in candidates.