Hustonville residents wrote in David Peyton’s name 66 times to make him their new mayor come January.
Peyton, current councilwoman Mary Lou Rossetti, former Hustonville Mayor Larry “Pup” Doss and Hadden Owens all filed as write-in candidates in October after the incumbent Marc Spivey withdrew unexpectedly from the race.
Peyton’s 66 votes beat out Rossetti’s 34, Doss’ 26 and Owens’ 21 write-in votes.
Long elected to school board
Voters for the third school board district strongly backed incumbent Theresa Sanders Long over challengers Michael Gourley and David Hacker, giving her almost exactly 65 percent of the vote — the highest percentage in any contested local race.
Gourley claimed about 25 percent of the vote, while Hacker earned approximately 9 percent.
Hustonville City Council
Hustonville re-elected all four City Council members who were running to hold their seats and voted in Jimmy Evans and David Matthew Couch as the fifth and sixth members.
Couch replaces Rossetti, who never filed to run for re-election as a council member.
Incumbents Richard Cooper, Jimmy Lane, Brett Witte and Kayne Merriman led the vote totals in the race, while Evans came in fifth with just three fewer votes than Merriman.
David Couch eked out Christopher Couch and write-in candidate Stanley Shepperson for the last spot, receiving 47 votes to Shepperson’s 46 and Christopher Couch’s 45.
Crab Orchard City Commission
In Crab Orchard, two challengers were elected to the City Commission while two incumbents held onto their seats.
Challenger Donna J. Harris led the field with 221 votes — nearly twice as many as her nearest competitor, incumbent Randall Price, who earned 117 votes.
Incumbent Juanita Pettit and challenger Jerry Lee Shelton both received more than 100 votes to earn the other two seats on the commission.
Incumbents Phyllis Adams and Betty Fields failed to make the cut, along with challengers John Ryan, Billy Wilburn and Michael Carpenter.