Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on May 07, 2014 @ 11:54AM
Created on June 05, 2013 @ 10:26PM
There were big races in Salem tonight. Voters had the opportunity to vote for both the Mayor and City Council.
In the race for Mayor three men were looking to win, including incumbent Robert Samples who took home the win.
As for the six city council seats up for grabs.
In ward one winning a four year term was Al Roman- Oli. Also in ward one, winning a two year term was Phyllis Plaugher
In ward two Israel Williams was the incumbent, lost giving his seat to John Golden.
There was also an election Tuesday night for an unexpired term in ward two. The incumbent Robert Knight defeated Patrick Bell to take that term.
In ward three, a four year term was up for grabs between incumbent Laurie McKowen and Nancy Siders. However, McKowen passed away last month. Siders will now fill that seat. Finally, Roy Van Notta ran unopposed for the 2 year term that was available once again out of ward three.
5 News reached out to residents in Salem Wednesday to see what they thought about the results. Robert Samples was named Mayor, but this was his first time winning the election. He was mayor last term, but he was appointed to the position.
One woman said she's happy Samples got the position. She's hoping to see some changes in the Salem community. Especially with water bills and the road quality.
"Well I'm glad Bobby Samples got it. He's a good honest man. I really appreciate that Bobby got it. Maybe things can get turned around now and straighten up. As far as I'm concerned he needed it. I was hoping he'd get it one other time but he didn't make it," said Rachel Childers, Harrison County Resident.
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