11/07/07 — Leaders ready to take reins in Pikeville

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Leaders ready to take reins in Pikeville

By Nick Hiltunen
Published in News on November 7, 2007 1:46 PM

The three at-large seats up for grabs in Pikeville went to a former town commissioner, an incumbent and another challenger, preliminary final election results show.

Former Commissioner Vance Greeson was the top vote-getter, garnering 58 votes or 19 percent of ballots.

Incumbent Albert Greene was the second top vote getter, with 53 votes or 18 percent of ballots.

Newcomer Dennis K. Lewis placed third, tying Greene's 53 votes.

Greeson's wife said he had had a death in the family and had to travel to another city, and probably did not yet know of his victory Tuesday evening.

Greene could not be reached for comment.

Lewis' phone number is not listed and he did not provide a phone number for contact to the Wayne County Board of Election.

Incumbent Bruce Thomas, who was narrowly ousted from his seat said "that's fine with me."

Thomas spent no money on campaign signs or other campaigning, he said. Thomas, who received 48 votes or 16 percent of the electorate, said he ran again to provide continuity on the board.

Challenger Todd S. Anderson, who finished last with 32 votes, or 11 percent of the participating electorate, said voters had a wide range of choices.

"I think there was a nice choice, and I think that the voters had a nice array of people to choose from. That's the beauty of democracy," Anderson said.

Challenger Talmage "Thigie" Thigpen finished with 46 votes, or 15 percent of votes cast.

Thigpen said he ran because only Anderson had officially filed as a candidate when he checked the list.

"I'll be totally honest with you, Al Greene has done a great job. I'm glad he got it. I would have hated to have edged him out."