Wellsburg, Follansbee and Bethany voters go to polls

WELLSBURG — Voters went to the polls Tuesday in Wellsburg, Follansbee and Bethany to choose the next leaders of their respective municipalities.

Forty-eight residents of Wellsburg cast their votes in an election that saw only one contested race on the ballot.

Fourth Ward incumbent Della Serevicz faced opposition from Rick Mozingo. However, Serevicz was able to keep her seat on the council with 13 votes, 62 percent, of the 21 4th Ward votes that were cast. Mozingo received eight votes, 38 percent, of the votes.

Serevicz has represented the 4th Ward for 10 years.

“I would like to thank the citizens of the Fourth Ward for their support and friendship,” said Serevicz.

Daniel Dudley of the city’s 1st Ward; Paul Billiard of the 2nd Ward and Randy Fletcher of the 3rd Ward faced no opposition and will remain on Wellsburg Council.

In addition, Amanda Dudley, who was sworn in as city clerk Feb. 12, was an unopposed write-in candidate for the that office.

Wellsburg is accepting letters of interest to fill the Third Ward Council seat that was formerly held by Tom Diserio.

Diserio stepped down from the position Monday. Anyone interested must live and be registered to vote in the 3rd Ward. The candidate selected will complete the remaining two years of an unexpired four-year term.

Letters of interest should be sent to Mayor Sue Simonetti at 70 Town Square, Wellsburg by 3 p.m., June 28.

In Follansbee, an estimated 234 registered voters went to the polls to make their voices heard.

Ryan Brindley faced Wendy DeAngelis for the 5th Ward seat in Follansbee’s only contested race.

DeAngelis won with 67 votes, or about 51 percent, of the 131 voters in the Fifth Ward.

Brindley received 64 votes, about 48 percent, of the 5th Ward votes.

“I appreciate every vote,” began DeAngelis.

“I know it was a close race. Ryan is a good guy, and I will do the best job I can.”

Originally Alexis Russell faced James Nelson for the seat of Fourth Ward; however, Nelson removed his name from the ballot leaving Russell to run unopposed.

Kathy Santoro, incumbent 3rd Ward, and John Casinelli, incumbent council at large, both filed for re-election and did not face opposition.

New to the Follansbee City Council, Charles McCoy will represent the city’s 2nd Ward after facing no opposition.

Mayor David Velegol, City Attorney Michael Gaudio and City Clerk Dave Kurcina all filed for re-election and were unopposed.

Additionally, Follansbee Police Chief John Schwertfeger did not seek re-election after serving 20 years in the post. Larry Rea, chief of the Follansbee Volunteer Fire Department, will now be taking over as the city’s top cop after running unopposed.

Bethany had a turnout of 106 voters at Tuesday’s municipal election.

For the position of mayor, Shirley Kemp ran against Thom Furbee, winning with 75 votes, or 71 percent.

“I would like to thank all those who voted for me today,” said Kemp. “I will do my best to reward the faith they have placed in me. I look forward to bringing some new life to the town.”

Former mayor Patrick Sutherland did not file for re-election; however, Sutherland did file for one of the five council at large positions.

“Sometimes a change is needed,” said Sutherland in a June 3 interview.

Sutherland did earn a seat at the council with 73 votes; along with Jan Forsty, 89 votes; Helen Moren, 76 votes; Sydma Hatzopoulos, 83 votes; and Lindsey Gilbert Tredway, 72 votes.

Ed Dully also was on the ballot, recieving 64 votes.

Bethany’s incumbent City Recorder Cindy Hoffman ran in the municipal election without opposition.