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Fithen wins second term as Mingo Junction mayor

MINGO JUNCTION — Village residents returned Ed Fithen to the mayor’s seat and one new member of council was elected, according to unofficial results from the Jefferson County Board of Elections from Tuesday’s general election.

Fithen received 601 votes compared to the 258 votes for challenger George Irvin, a current member of council.

Fithen said he received positive feedback all day at polling locations from voters.

“I want to thank the people of Mingo Junction, the ones who voted for me and the ones who voted against me. I’m still out there for everyone in Mingo Junction,” he said.

Fithen, who will start a second term in January, said there is still a lot of work to do.

“We are going to do the best we can. The work is not done yet,” he said.

Fithen said he will work to continue the street paving projects.

“We will keep the services as they are and hopefully expand them. We want to improve downtown. We still have goals to go for,” he said.

In the council race, incumbents Jack Brettell, Jodilynn Fitzgerald and Michael Herrick were re-elected. Newcomer Patricia Cramblett was elected. Fitzgerald led the vote count with 458, with Herrick getting 454 votes, Brettell, 381 and Cramblett, 356. D’Andrea Harper received 283 votes, James Morrocco, 281, Douglas Smith, 215, and write-in candidate Martin Sohovich, 144.

Fitzgerald was re-elected to a second term.

“I want to thank the people who had confidence in me to re-elect me. There are things I still want to do,” she said.

Fitzgerald said she wants something done with downtown and economic development, including a gas station.

“We need to refocus on the direction we are going to get projects moving. I look forward to working with everyone in the next four years,” she said.

Herrick at the end of his next term will have served 22 years on council.

“I appreciate the number of supporters. It is a sign of the hard work taking place throughout the village and the revitalization of the town. We got a lot accomplished, with paving and improvements to the water and sewer plants. In the next few years, Mingo Junction will be one of the nicest villages in the Ohio Valley. We will be able to do a lot for the village in the next four years,” he said.

Brettell, who has served two terms on council, said he was thankful to the voters for their support.

“I’m glad to be here for another four years and be able to help Mingo Junction,” he said.

Cramblett could not be reached for comment.

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