(May 10, 2019) Preliminary Town of Snow Hill election results suggest a new mayor will soon take office, along with one returning councilwoman and one person who will be new to the role.

According to information on the town’s official Facebook page, mayoral candidate and local business owner Gary Weber earned 255 total votes, besting challengers Richard Thompson (135 votes) and Catherine Freeman (54 votes).

Poll results

Preliminary election returns from May 7 show Gary Weber winning the race for Snow Hill Mayor, Melisa Weidner elected to the Central District Council seat, and incumbent LaToya Purnell retaining the Western District Council seat.

Incumbent Jenny Hall was soundly defeated in the Central District by political newcomer Melisa Weidner, 119 votes to 48 votes.

In the Western District, incumbent LaToya Purnell held onto her council seat, beating out Mark Nixon, 79 votes to 48 votes.

A flood of new candidates entered the field this year, in part because of controversies surrounding downtown business Toy Town that was shuttered after town officials denied an occupancy permit. Former Mayor Charlie Dorman also abruptly resigned late last year, and former mayor Stephen Mathews filled in during the interim, but opted not to run for election.

There are reportedly 31 absentee ballots yet to be counted, as well as 19 provisional ballots that have to be reviewed.

According to Trish Goodsell, assistant to the town manager, the official results will be determined on Wednesday, May 29.

Elected officials will be sworn in during a June 11 Town Council meeting, Goodsell said.

Josh Davis is an MDDC award-winning editor and reporter at the Bayside Gazette and Ocean City Today newspapers, covering Berlin and Ocean Pines, Maryland. He is the author of three novels, including 'Vanishing is the Last Art' (2012). He lives in Berlin.

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