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May 1 Election Results

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Council elections were held Tuesday to fill seats in the towns of Hillsville, Independence, Fries and Troutdale and the City of Galax. Those elected will begin their new terms July 1. Below are unofficial results from May 1, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections. See Friday's edition of The Gazette for final certified results.

GALAX CITY COUNCIL

Four At-Large Seats

(The four candidates receiving the most votes won seats on council)

• Travis Haynes — 424 (22.3%)

• Sharon Ritchie — 422 (22.2%)

• C.M. Mitchell — 377 (19.8%)

• Willie Greene — 363 (19.1%)

• John Garner — 307 (16.2%)

HILLSVILLE TOWN COUNCIL

Sulphur Springs District Seat

• Barry Jessup — 54 (56.3%)

• William Tate Jr. — 42 (43.7%)

Laurel Fork District Seat

• Greg Yonce — 27 (96.4%)

Mayor

• Greg Crowder — 141 (83.9%)

INDEPENDENCE TOWN COUNCIL

Mayor

• E.F. “Butch” Reeves — 55 (91.7%)

Council Members

Three At-Large Seats

(The three candidates receiving the most votes won seats on council)

• Buddy Halsey — 53 (31.4%)

• Jeffery Miller — 46 (27.2%)

• Tom Maxwell — 43 (25.4%)

• Jessica L. Anders — 27 (15.9%)

FRIES TOWN COUNCIL

Seven At-Large Seats

(There were seven candidates for the seven seats on council)

• Jo Ann Gunter — 40 (15.1%)

• Nancy Hawks — 40 (15.1%)

• Bill Davis — 36 (13.6%)

• Dawn Patton — 35 (13.2%)

• Cynthia Grant — 33 (12.5%)

• Marie Isom — 31 (11.7%)

• Frances Annette Boone — 13 (4.9%)

TROUTDALE TOWN COUNCIL

Mayor

• William C. Mitchell Jr. — 33 (100%)

Council Members

Six At-Large Seats

(The six candidates receiving the most votes won seats on council)

• Deborah Reedy Cornett — 34 (14.7%)

• Scott Lee Cornett — 33 (14.3%)

• James David McGrady — 33 (14.3%)

• Tina Michelle Delp — 30 (12.9%)

• Ira Kenneth McGrady Jr. — 30 (12.9%)

• Gary E. Tilson — 25 (10.8%)

• Samuel J. Pennington — 13 (5.6%)

• Sean Ryan “Leprechaun” Baston — 8 (3.5%)