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Former Councilman Is Returning to Post

November 7, 2012
By JIM COCHRAN Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Three current members of Moundsville City Council, along with a former member, will begin new four-year terms on Jan. 1.

Two of the present council members, Paul ''Dude'' Haynes, representing the 1st Ward, and Gene Saunders, from the 3rd Ward, ran unopposed in Tuesday's municipal election, while incumbent K. Mark Simms and David Haynes won seats as council members at-large.

David Haynes, the brother of Paul Haynes, has previously served three years on council, one filling a two-year unexpired term. He served another year later as a 2nd Ward councilman, though he had to resign because he moved to 1st Ward.

Haynes believes his experience on the Moundsville Water Board will be beneficial when he assumes his new position on council.

He has served eight years on the water board, during which time a new treatment plant was built. Haynes said he will be able to continue as a water board member.

Holdover council members, with two years remaining of their terms, are: Ginger DeWitt, Philip Remke and David Wood.

Five individuals sought the two council at-large seats, with Simms receiving 921 votes and David Haynes earning 794. The others were Rickey Young with 710, Carl Boso with 644 and Henry Cross with 293.

Paul Haynes received 369 votes, while Saunders received 505.

David Haynes will be replacing current mayor Dennis Wallace who did not seek re-election after 16 years as councilman.

Simms has 22 years on council, having been named to a two-year unexpired term. He has been elected to five four-terms beginning in 1994. He served as mayor for two years from 1998-2000 and also has served as vice mayor on at least two occasions.

Simms, who was employed by the Moundsville Sanitary Board for 32 years, is hoping to attract more businesses to the city. He is looking for economic development at the site of the former Fostoria Glass Plant, a 7-acre tract.

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