KEYSER - Voters in Elk Garden and Ridgeley will be going to the polls today to cast their ballots for mayor and five council members.

By Liz Beavers
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Tribune Managing Editor
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KEYSER - Voters in Elk Garden and Ridgeley will be going to the polls today to cast their ballots for mayor and five council members.
In Elk Garden, voters will be facing a unique situation with every candidate - two for mayor, eight for council and one for recorder - is registered as a write-in as opposed to a regular candidate.
With the town government facing uncertainty since January when mayor Lawrence “Buddy” Stonebraker was indicted on a charge of grand larceny, the filing period for the election went unnoticed until after the deadline had passed.
When that occurred, several candidates stepped up and filed as official write-ins as follows:
Mayor: Incumbent Lawrence “Buddy” Stonebraker and Marian Droppleman.
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 upon the resignation of Barbara Timbrook.
Stonebraker, who continued in the mayoral seat despite the indictment, later pled down to a misdemeanor charge and has paid the $1,000 in question back to the town, according to Mineral County prosecuting attorney Cody Pancake.
In Ridgeley, two candidates are running for mayor and five for the five council seats:
Mayor: Incumbent Lynn Carr and Sonda McDaniel.
Council: Incumbents Butch Hawse, Mark Jones and Don McFarland, along with James Twigg, Justin Golden and Tanya Ryan.
In addition, there are three write-in candidates for council: David Jenkins, Sandra Allen and Duke Lantz.
Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.