By Liz Beavers

Tribune Managing Editor

KEYSER - Keyser voters overwhelmingly put three familiar names on the city council Tuesday, voting long-time streets and sewer supervisor Jim Hannas and incumbent council members Mike Ryan and Billy Meek in office for the next two years.

Despite the larger field of candidates vying for the three seats coming open on the council, voter turnout was light Tuesday, with only 281 ballots cast.

Hannas was the top vote-getter, with 165 votes, followed closely by Ryan, with 156 and Meek with 145.

The three proved stiff competition for the remaining field of candidates, with the next highest candidate, Curtis Perry, receiving only 99 votes.

Leigh "Wink" Dixon followed with 47 votes; Sean Liller with 42 votes; Kelly Metcalf, 38; Elwood Junkins, 32; and James Gale Lough, 19.

With the election having been postponed from the orginal June 9 date due to COVID-19 concerns, the candidates are already behind in taking office at the beginning of the new fiscal year, which was June 1.

It is expected they will be administered their oaths of office immediately. Their first regularly scheduled meeting is Aug. 12.

Hannas, Ryan and Meek will join Jennifer Junkins and William Zacot on the council, as well as mayor Damon Tillman, as their seats do not come open for another two years.