Next time the naysayers tell you your vote doesn’t mean anything, point to the Richwood mayoral election.
Bob Henry Baber, a former mayor of Richwood and several times a candidate for statewide office, appears to have won the mayor’s race — and his win couldn’t be any closer.
Baber garnered 104 votes. Second-place finisher Glenn Weiler got 103.
Weiler has until 7 p.m. Wednesday to contest the results before they become official, City Clerk Abby McClung said.
Ten men ran for mayor, all promising, win or lose, to chip in to help the struggling 2,000-person Nicholas County city turn its fortunes around.
Weiler, who moved from California to Richwood about a year ago, led in the immediate aftermath of last week’s election. When votes were counted last Wednesday, Weiler led 102 to 100 over Baber.
But, after provisional ballots were counted, Baber prevailed, McClung said.
Incumbent Mayor Bob Johnson came in third with 82 votes; Drexel McMillion, a service station owner had 81; and John McClung, another former mayor, had 49.
“The town has never seen anything quite like this to be honest,” Baber said. “So many people running, so close, it’s been a really exciting, energizing time for the town.”
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