Purcellville elects first black mayor, three newcomers to town council
In June, Kwasi Fraser will become the newest mayor of Purcellville -and also, a historic one.
With his 868 votes in the May 6 town elections, Fraser defeated vice-mayor J. Keith Melton to become the town's first black mayor.
Fraser will replace outgoing Mayor Bob Lazaro, who served four terms at the helm through a booming growth period.
All in all, Purcellville proved to be the place to be, with competitive elections for both mayor and town council and a voter turnout of close to 27.8 percent and 1,381 people coming to vote on Election Day, according to Loudoun County's unofficial election results.
Lovettsville will welcome one new member to its town council with the election of Jennifer Jones, who, along with incumbent Tiffaney Dawn Carder was the highest vote-getter with 135 votes. Current council member Kimberly Allar was also re-elected to a second term.
Lovettsville Mayor Robert Zoldos earned 180 of the 200 votes cast for mayor in the unopposed election.
With both absentee and live election ballots, 200 people voted for a 15.5 percent turnout.
In three towns, the elections were uncontested, with fewer candidates running than available seats.
In Middleburg, Mayor Betsy Allen Davis ran unopposed in her re-election bid. Vying for the four town council spots were current Vice Mayor Darlene Kirk and council members Mark Snyder and Kevin Hazard. Other candidates will rely on write-in votes to snag the fourth available seat.
In total, 99 people voted in the Middleburg election for a 17.7 percent turnout, a marked improvement from the just 7 percent turnout the town experienced in 2012.
Hamilton councilman David Simpson will replace outgoing Mayor Greg Wilmoth as the lone candidate in the race. Councilman Mike Snyder is the lone candidate in the general race, which has three open seats, though signs for several write-in candidates littered the Hamilton Baptist Church precinct. In total, 85 ballots were cast in the election for a voter turnout of 20 percent.
In Round Hill, just 47 of 424 registered voters came out to vote. Incumbent mayor Scott Ramsey ran unopposed and Janet Heston was the lone candidate for town council, though fellow incumbents Christopher Prack and Frederick Lyne mounted write-in campaigns.
Though votes for those on the ballot have been tabulated, Middleburg, Round Hill and Hamilton won't know who will fill their town council seats until all of the write-in votes are added up.