Vandernail edges Smith, absentee ballots could change results |

Vandernail edges Smith, absentee ballots could change results

Hank Shell

Contender Philip Vandernail has edged out incumbent Mayor Peggy Smith by one vote in Tuesday’s Fraser mayoral race, though the results could change.

Vandernail received 133 votes to Smith’s 132, according to unofficial results that town staff released around 8 p.m.

But Town Manager Jeff Durbin cautioned the town still has outstanding ballots underneath the Uniformed Service and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).

The UOCAVA votes, of which there are more than one, are due on April 13. Because the count was already so close, an official recount is mandatory and will commence after all UOCAVA votes are received, either on March 13 or 14.


In the Fraser Trustee race, incumbent Eileen Waldow received 178 vote, Herb Meyring received 148 votes , Parnell Quinn received 139 votes, and Sam Brewer receive 105 votes.

Waldow and Meyring automatically clinch four-year trustee seats, while Quinn receives a two-year term.

A total of 287 votes participated in the election, Durbin said.

Because the mayoral race is so close next week’s April 6 board meeting for new members has been cancelledl

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