ELK GARDEN - Elk Garden voters will be faced with the unusual task of writing in every single candidate they wish to vote for in the coming municipal election.

By Liz Beavers
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Tribune Managing Editor
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ELK GARDEN - Elk Garden voters will be faced with the unusual task of writing in every single candidate they wish to vote for in the coming municipal election.
With the state of the town’s government being uncertain since the mayor and town recorder were both indicted by a Mineral County Grand Jury in January, the filing period for this year’s election - also in January - went unnoticed.
“I don’t think anyone realized there was an election in June,” one resident told the News Tribune.
Mayor Lawrence “Buddy” Stonebraker was indicted on a felony charge of grand larceny and former recorder Barbara Timbrook, who had already resigned in 2016, was charged with embezzlement.
According to Mineral County prosecuting attorney Cody Pancake, Stonebraker pled down to a misdemeanor charge and has already paid the $1,000 back to the town.
Timbrook’s case, however, has not yet been resolved.
“They’re working on getting some additional information together,” Pancake said.
Council member Gary Wildman told the News Tribune Monday that Stonebraker has continued in his duties as mayor and has also filed as a write-in candidate for re-election.
Because the deadline to file as a candidate for mayor, the five council seats and town recorder went unnoticed, there are therefore 11 write-in candidates for office:
Mayor: Marian Droppleman, Lawrence Stonebraker.
Council: Incumbents Gary Wildman, Dave Tichnell, Jody Paugh, Charles Welch and Kevin Broadwater, along with Michael Droppleman, Tom Braithwaite and Jean Braithwaite.
Recorder: Katie Jones, appointed to the position after Timbrook’s resignation.
The election is June 13.