Glade Spring voters chose a new mayor and three new Town Council members in Tuesday’s election, while Damascus voters re-elected Mayor Jack McCrady Jr.
In the Glade Spring mayoral race, Leighann Lloyd received 63.91 percent of the vote, or 317 votes, beating incumbent Tony Rector by 141 votes, according to unofficial totals late Tuesday.
In the Glade Spring council race, Kim Sweat, Steven White and Monte Ward won three open seats. Sweat received the most votes, 328, while White came in as a close second with 321 votes and Ward got 226. Candidates Freddie Jones received 12.80 percent of the vote, or 156 votes, and Jeffery Crawford received 11.65 percent of the vote, or 142 votes.
Lloyd, Sweat, White and Ward campaigned together on promises of trying to hire more police officers, make infrastructure improvements to attract more tourists and businesses, and take a closer look at the budget to see where the town stands financially. All four said they decided to run because they weren’t happy with the direction of the Washington County town.
Lloyd, 30, said shortly after results came in that she was “thrilled” to be the town’s next mayor and was surprised by her big win. When she and the new council members take office in January, she said they’ll begin looking at the budget and will consider hiring more officers and re-establishing the town’s auxiliary officer program.
“I’m excited to get started working on the things that I told everybody that I was going to work on,” Lloyd said.
Sweat, 55, said Tuesday it “feels good to win,” especially as part of a team.
“The four of us have been kind of a team for several months, just discussing things, and we went into this as a team and we came out a team,” she said. “Hopefully, we will have unity in our council room.”
White, 61, said Tuesday he was happy he won, not only for himself, but for the town.
“I feel like the people decided that they wanted to save the town and that’s why they elected us,” White said. “They wanted a change.”
Ward, 50, said he was “tickled to death” with his victory.
“Glade was ready for a change,” he said. “We’ve been hearing that for quite some time and the voters showed up and voiced their opinion.”
In Damascus, the three open seats went to the three who ran, incumbents Mitchel Greer and Susan Seymore and newcomer Sean Albro.
In the mayoral race, McCrady, 70, said he’s “very pleased” that voters had the “confidence” to re-elect him. He received 53.48 percent of the vote, or 146 votes, beating challengers Katie Lamb, who received 119 votes, and Matthew Embry Bradshaw, who picked up eight votes, according to unofficial totals.
“I’ll do the best I can for the interest of Damascus,” McCrady said.
He added that he’s looking forward to working with “another wonderful council,” including Albro, who he believes is “very progressive.”
McCrady said his priorities will be to work on a new tourist draw — stocking the town’s streams with trout — and improving sidewalks and roads. He added that he’s looking forward to finishing a downtown revitalization project and developing an Appalachian Trail conservancy center.