BELPRE - Belpre City Council will see a lot of familiar faces after Tuesday's election in Washington County.
Half of the races for council positions were contested during the election, with races for city treasurer, city auditor and 1st and 3rd Ward uncontested.
Those running uncontested included incumbent Larry Martin for 1st Ward (214 votes), incumbent Dewey Robinson for 4th Ward (394 votes), former Mayor Bill McAfee for city treasurer (328 votes) and Leslie Pittenger for city auditor (1,327 votes).
In the three-way race for the 2nd Ward, incumbent Democrat Debbie Marshall retained her seat with 203 votes to 193 votes for Republican challenger Stephen Rogers. Write-in candidate Roger Hendershot had 4 votes.
"I am full of gratitude to them and I'm anxious to continue to serve the citizens of the 2nd Ward and all of Belpre," said Marshall Tuesday night after winning her second term on council.
Marshall is a minister for Whitman Chaple AME Church in Belpre and said one of the issues she wants to work on in that second term is a city-wide curfew because she sees a need for it and has been hearing the same sentiment from people in her ward.
Belpre City Council Race
In the Belpre City Council race, candidates for the contested races - including three at-large seats - are:
Debbie Marshall (D)203
Stephen Rogers (R)193
Roger Hendershot (write-in)4
Brad Harper (R)228
Eric Sinnett (D)255
Susan Abdella (R)973
Linda Boso (R)1,039
John Baker (D)1,032
Steve Null (I)764
Will Neff (R)1,164
Judy Drake (write-in)319
The uncontested races on the Belpre City Council were: Larry Martin, 1st Ward, 214; Dewey Robinson, 4th Ward, 6; Bill McAfee, treasurer, 328; Leslie Pittenger, auditor, 1,327.
She also wants to work with everyone on council and in the administration to advance Belpre and help bring in new businesses and new revenue for the city.
In the contested 3rd Ward race, Democrat Eric Sinnett won the seat with 255 votes to Republican Brad Harper's 228 votes.
"I'm very excited about it, I can't wait to get started," Sinnett said.
A former candidate for mayor six years ago, Sinnett said he wanted to be a part of council to be a bridge between the administration, the council and the residents of Belpre. He works as an industrial mechanic for Solvay Polymers.
All three incumbents running for the three open seats in the at-Large position on council won re-election, while a former council member came in fourth.
The returning incumbents are Susan Abdella, Republican, with 973 votes, Linda Boso, Republican, with 1,039 votes and John Baker, Democrat, with 1,032 votes. Steve Null, an independent, received 764.
Abdella and Boso will be returning for their second terms on council, while Baker is adding his fifth term of service as a Belpre council member.
The final contested race in the city was that of council president, which featured Republican Will Neff with 1,164 votes against write-in candidate Judy Drake with 319 votes.
"I'm pleased the voters thought enough of my work and experience to give me another turn," said Neff.
"In my upcoming term, I mainly want to continue to conduct well-organized council meetings and see that any issues are dispensed in an orderly and prompt manner."