Two incumbent Upper Kanawha Valley mayors were returned to office in recent elections.

Essie Ford Jr. was re-elected in Handley, garnering 95 votes to get past write-in candidate Alice “Skip” Lake, who received 35 votes.

In Smithers, current mayor Thomas Skaggs was unopposed and gathered 135 votes.

Debbie Matics got 99 votes to lead the Handley recorder’s race.

In the Handley town council race, Bill Matics Jr. led the ticket with 98 votes, followed closely by Mat Matics (97), Joanna Burke-McClure (94) and Jack “Dee” Hutchinson (92). Jeannie Campbell-Blazie, a write-in, grabbed the fifth spot with 58 votes , while write-in candidate Brenda Hutchinson had 26.

Also, Handley voters shot down a proposal to change elections from a two-year term to a four-year term. That result was 92-35.

In Smithers, recorder Susan Skaggs was re-elected with a total of 137 votes in an unchallenged contest.

Council winners were Patsy Tucker (114), Cathy Fox (108), Gail Williams Sr. (97), Tommy “Wiener” Whittington (91) and Alma Bowles (87). Unsuccessful council candidates included Todd Long (73), Pat Cooper (66), Christina Tolley (60) and C. Gayle Fannin (30).

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