NEW HAVEN — With the Mason County primary and City of Point Pleasant elections now a memory, eyes are turning to the New Haven Municipal Election which is set for June 7.
Early voting for the town contest will begin Monday and continue through June 4, according to Recorder Roberta Hysell.
New Haven residents can vote at the city building each weekday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition, voting can take place from 8 a.m. to noon May 28 and June 4. The city building will be closed May 30 for Memorial Day.
Four candidates are seeking the office of mayor, including incumbent Charles Yonker. Also running are Stephen “Snuf” Smith, a former mayor, newcomer Eric Blain, and a write-in candidate, Jerry Spradling. Incumbent Roberta Hysell is the lone candidate for the recorder position.
A total of 15 candidates are seeking the five council seats up for grabs. Incumbents James Elias and Vinson “Smitty” Jarrell are seeking re-election. Other candidates include Jackie Blain, George Gibbs, Sarah Gibbs, Matthew Gregg, Karen Ann Hindel, Nora Hoffett, Grant Hysell, James McCormick, Pamela Schwarz, Matthew Shell, Timothy Stone, Elnora Weaver, and Erin Young.
Present council members Jessica Howard, Amy Gordon and Ken Vickers are not seeking re-election.
Those elected on June 7 will serve a two-year term that will begin on July 1.
Mason County saw a record number of early voters turn out prior to last week’s primary. Recorder Hysell is hoping for the same result in the Bend Area town.
“There are 1,169 people registered to vote in New Haven,” she said. “With 15 running for the five council seats, and three plus a write-in for mayor, I hope more people will come out to vote.”
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.