La Plata holds a nonpartisan primary for its single seat elections if more than two candidates run. The top two candidates continue on to the general election In 2017, there was a primary just in Ward II, which was held in March. The general elections were held on May 2. You can find a map of La Plata’s four wards online.
Voters turfed out incumbents in three council seats, and elected a newcomer to the vacant fourth seat in Ward III. All of the winning candidates were part of the New Day for La Plata slate sponsored by the La Plata Business Association.
Council Ward II Primary
Clyde Keith Black (incumbent), 119
Brent Finagin, 110
Jon W. Norris, 52
Lynn D. Gilroy (former Ward III councilmember), 440
Jeannine Elizabeth James, 563
Council Ward I
Matthew Timothy Simpson, 621
Ralph Wayne Winkler (incumbent), 369
Council Ward II
Clyde Keith Back (incumbent), 415
Brent Finagin, 567
Council Ward III
Timothy Giles, 353
Emily Mudd Hendricks, 622
Council Ward IV
Paddy Mudd, 548
Joseph W. Norris (incumbent), 448
There were three seats up for election but only two candidates filed. As a result, the Council will have to fill the vacancy, assuming that they can find someone willing to do the job. Turnout was just 3.3% in this uncontested election.
Tom Knight (incumbent), 9
Bob Kuhs (incumbent), 10
Reich and Linkey were the only candidates on the ballot for the two open seats. Turnout was 3%.
Everett “Pete” Reich, 54
Michelle Linkey (incumbent), 41
Bill Martin (incumbent), 1523
Wayne Dougherty (former mayor), 874
Monica Worrell (incumbent), 1860
Jason Robertson, 1692
David Martin (incumbent), 1459
Fred Cullum (former councilmember), 1001
More contests with no opposition. Turnout was 8.9%.
Winslow F. Burhans (incumbent), 73.
Shane Rossman, 68
Mike Davies, 68
Jake Romanell, 59
Scott Robertson, 57
Dennis Kimble, 51.
Mount Airy held municipal election on May 1. Both incumbents who sought reelection won.
Patrick Rockinberg (incumbent), 1226
Benjamin Greenstein, 646
Joseph Muise, 40
Larry Hushour, 1203
Scott Strong (incumbent), 1096
Leslie Dickinson, 838
Karl Munder, 229
An election occurred only in for the District 3 Council seat. At least they didn’t have to rerun the election like in 2016 after there were problems with the voting equipment and balloting.
Council District 3
R. Dale Trotter, 86
Monna VanEss, 67
Since candidates faced no opposition, Snow Hill didn’t even hold an election.
John C. Dorm (incumbent)
Council Eastern District
Alison Cook (incumbent)
Online reports only give the names of the winners.
John W. “Jack” Coburn (incumbent)
Warren “Whiz” Foote (incumbent)
Charles F. “Fred” Sloan, III (incumbent)