South Boston election

South Boston Town Council candidates and supporters don their rain gear and camp out at in the parking lot of the South Boston Recreation Center for Tuesday’s election including (from left) to right are Jayne Elliott (not running for council), her husband Tommy Elliott, Michael “Mike” Byrd, vice-mayor Tina Wyatt-Younger, Robert “Bob” Hughes, Joseph “Joe” Chandler and Harriett Claiborne.

One incumbent and two newcomers landed a spot on South Boston Town Council when six candidates vied for three open seats in Tuesday’s town election.

Robert “Bob" Hughes was the only incumbent to keep his seat on South Boston Town Council earning 501 votes.

Newcomers Joe Chandler III and Thomas “Tommy" Elliott Jr. ousted former council members Michael R. Byrd and Tina Wyatt Younger, who also served as vice mayor. Chandler earned 439 votes, and Elliott garnered 473 votes.

Wyatt Younger trailed behind with 404 votes, and Bryd had 341 votes.

Also running for council was Harriett Claiborne who earned 369 votes.

South Boston Mayor Ed Owens ran unopposed for another four-year term and earned 711 votes of confidence.

Prior to the election results, Ellen Kent, secretary of the Halifax County electoral board who worked at the South Boston Recreation Center polling location, said, “we’ve maintained a steady flow of Voters and everybody has seemed optimistic and eager to vote, very pleasant.”

James Gordon also ran unopposed for his seat as mayor of Scottsburg and earned 11 votes.

Six candidates also were on the ballot for five seats on the town council for Scottsburg. Russell Puckett Jr. took home the most votes with 22. Also landing a spot on the Scottsburg Town Council were James Stoner, Connie Glass and Robert Elliott.

April Throckmorton, chief election official at the Scottsburg volunteer fire department said she was pleased with the turnout of Voters, all factors considered. In the past, Throckmorton said the voter turnout for a Town Council election has ranged from 17 voters to 50 or more.