UPDATE: Joyce, city council newcomers react to election

Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 10:54 PM EST
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - According to unofficial results, Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce has won his bid for reelection.

He says he is “humbled” by voters.

“Being the mayor of your home town is the greatest job you can ever hope for. I love the work that I do,” said Joyce.

Joyce says tackling the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the local economy is a priority for him coming into his second term.

“That’s certainly the most immediate priority, I mean there’s lots of challenges we have in the City of Parkersburg. For right now, doing everything we can to support the local economy because that’s who supports us long term,” said Joyce.

Three incumbents lost their seats on city council by Tuesday night’s unofficial results. District 1′s Dave McCrady was defeated by Republican Jessica Cottrille. In District 4, Republican Eric Barber was unseated by Democrat Wendy Tuck.

Tuck says she hopes to become a voice for her community.

“Well, the very first thing I want to do is hear from people in the neighborhood, see what their priorities are,” said Tuck.

District 7′s John Reed did not run for reelection this year, so two newcomers were competing for his seat. Chris Rexroad defeated Thomas Rafferty in that race.

In District 9, Jeff Fox lost his seat to Austin Richards.

Richards hopes improve infrastructure in his district.

“I want to see better power delivery systems, better water management and of course the big focus is going to be road management. There are several roads in my district especially, that haven’t been paved in 10, 20, 30 years [and need attention],” said Richards.

The one incumbent councilmember who faced a challenger and kept his seat was District 5′s J.R. Carpenter.

“I’m honored, quite honestly, that my district has enough faith in me to continue to be a watchdog of our tax money,” said Carpenter.


The incumbent mayors of Parkersburg and Vienna were re-elected on Tuesday, according to final, unofficial election results reported by the Wood County Clerk’s office.

Voters in Parkersburg elected Tom Joyce to a second four-year term while Vienna voters re-elected Rapp to another term.

Joyce, a Republican, defeated Democratic challenger Sherry Dugan for the second consecutive General Election, collecting 7,568 votes to Dugan’s 3,682.

In Vienna, Rapp defeated challenger Mike Smith, gathering 3,323 votes to 1,942 for Smith.

In other results, three incumbent Parkersburg City Council members were defeated on Election night, and Vienna voters elected a new recorder and five city council members to serve for the next four years.

In Parkersburg, District 1, challenger Jessica Cottrille defeated incumbent Dave McCrady, 680 to 423; in District 2, Wendy Tuck defeated incumbent Eric Barber 400 to 322; and in District 9, Austin Richards unseated incumbent Jeff Fox 799 to 776.

District 7 will also have a new representative on city council as Chris Rexroad defeated Thomas Rafferty 1,071 to 572.

District 5 representative J.R. Carpenter held onto his seat, defeated Dell O’Pomeroy and Brett Lee Sullins. Carpenter collected 397 votes, O’Pomeroy 368 and Sullins 46.

In other races in Vienna, challenger Melissa Elam ousted incumbent recorder Cathy Smith 2,857 to 2007.

Vienna voters also elected five city council members: Jim Leach, Mike Elam, Kim Williams, Roger Bibbee, and Tom Azinger.

Leach was the leading vote-getter on council with 3,099, followed by Elam with 2,374, Williams with 2,200, Bibbee with 2,084 and Azinger with 2,075. Others on the ballot included Kelli Sassi Craft with 1,949, Alice Goodwin with 1,449, Bruce Rogers with 1,379, Henry Sasyn with 1,153, Harry Helmick with 1,092 and Lawrence Wilson with 580.

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