Incumbent Morningside Councilwoman Sheila Scott and former councilwoman Regina Foster eked past challengers to win the two open Morningside Town Council seats in Monday night’s election.
Scott received 80 votes, while Foster edged out Elizabeth Long with 77 votes to Long’s 75 votes. Write-in candidate Todd Mullins received 45 votes.
A total of 148 voters cast their ballots for the two at-large seats, compared to the 102 ballots submitted in last year’s election.
The newly elected council members will be sworn in May 21, in advance of the town’s June 19 meeting. Scott will retain her seat, while Foster will take over the seat vacated by her husband, Terry Foster, who said he is leaving because of increased work obligations.
Scott said she was shocked by the close results and the increased turnout. After being sworn back into office, she said she plans to move forward with her projects to improve the Town Hall.
“I’m going to continue with my projects renovating the breezeway, and installing handicapped-accessible doors and ramps,” Scott said.
Foster said she was thrilled to be back on the council after resigning in February 2011 over allegations that she had ilegally voided red-light camera tickets.
“I’m extremely happy that the residents were confident enough in me to continue my endeavors,” Foster said. “I had stiff competition, but all of us were here because we want to work for the betterment of the town.”
Voters in town seemed primarily concerned with the repair of streets, which have been under construction by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission as part of a project to replace water mains in the town by the end of the year.
Carolyn Curry, 51, said she came out to vote to help bring change in the town. She said she is concerned about the town’s infrastructure and the maintenance of homes around town.
“I’m concerned about the way we look, with the streets, and some of the homes that are not well kept,” Curry said. “I want it to look up to a certain standard.”
Pete Christensen, 55, said more needs to be done to keep pot holes at bay until WSSC can repave the roads at the end of its project.
“I’m just hoping to get the roads fixed,” Christensen said. “But the patching that [WSSC is] doing is not very good.”
Kenneth Wade, said the town needs to continue moving forward with beautification projects and other upgrades.
“I want to see work on speeding and improving handicapped accessibility,” Wade said, “as well as general upkeep of Town Hall.”
Elizabeth Long was not immediately available for comment Monday night.