By Nuoya Zhou
Voters in the town of Glasgow re-elected Mayor Rudy Ogden Clark against two challengers.
Clark received 145 votes, barely enough to win since the town requires a majority of 50 percent. Her total was only 8 votes above the votes for the other two candidates.
Lynda M. Norris Miller received 126 votes and Ray M. “Shorty” Berkstresser, 11.
Meanwhile, for three city council positions, there were only two names on the ballot. Andrea R. Bradley and Monica J. Dock won with 150 votes and 193 votes, respectively. Eighty-seven voters wrote in other names. If the write-in candidate with the most votes is qualified and agrees to serve, that person will be the third council member on the 5-member council.
Dock, who previously lost against Clark in a run for mayor, is currently a council member. She is a preschool teacher in Rockbridge County.
Mayor Clark was born and raised in Glasgow. She was on the town council for 13 years before she was elected mayor.
“I really enjoy being a part of politics,” Clark said before the election. “This election has been really exciting because I got two running against me. I think they are both good candidates for the mayor seat.”
Miller, a retired nurse, was a city council member for three two-year terms starting 1987.
The other losing candidate, Ray M. “Shorty” Berkstresser, is a retired disabled veteran who has lived in Glasgow for 23 years.
The mayor of Glasgow is paid the same as town council members – $50 per month.
Glasgow has just over 1,400 residents.