Two new commissioners named in Berry; Carey takes board seat

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By Donald Richie

Berry residents elected two new members to the city commission and kept two incumbents.

Melissa Lea and Mary Nichols will take places on the commission, with Lea earning 53 votes and Nichols, 34.

Incumbents Donald Brown and Johnny Murphy were the two top vote earners, with Murphy’s 66 and Brown’s 55.

Write-in candidate James House Jr., fell short of making the commission, with 29 votes.

In other local and state races:

• Democrat Tom McKee will retain his 78th District seat in the state House of Representatives. McKee went unchallenged this year and came away with 6,081 votes in Harrison County.

• Two seats on the Harrison County Board of Education went without challenge. Gary Lizer and Ed Taylor will return to their spots, in divisions 4 and 5 respectively.

In the race to fill the vacancy left by the death of Division 3 board member Joe England, Kristy Carey came out ahead of Bill Doan, 914 votes to 651. Carey was already on the board, having been appointed to fill England’s unfinished term.

• Charlie Tribble, Manville Bradford and Jennifer Burgan were all elected as supervisors in the Soil and Water Conservation District. There were actually four open spots, but they were the only candidates to file.

• Marty Hall will be the constable in District 1, after being the only candidate to file, albeit as a write-in. There were no candidates in districts 5, 6 and 7. Those seats will remain unfilled.