Tuesday was a busy day at the ballot box for many communities in West Virginia as the Mountain State held their municipal elections.
Many seats were filled in the Ohio Valley but one remains empty in Triadelphia after a long-time community leader passed away just before the election.
She served the Ohio County community for most of her life but sadly Jean Hunter passed away recently while running for re-election on Triadelphia town council.
She made such an impact on the community that she still was re-elected despite being deceased so now Triadelphia must fill her seat on council. They are waiting for the recently elected officials to settle in before posting the job opening but they have set up a timeline of when the selection will be made.
“They then would come up here and fill out an application with me and it would have to be in by July 31st and then it’s taken to the council members and there upon, they all decide on who would be best suited to fill this position,” said Linda Violet-White, the Triadelphia Town Clerk.
Violet-White says Hunter was also the Triadelphia town recorder but that role will be filled by another council member so the opening available is only for a regular council seat.
Violet-White says Jean Hunter will be remembered as someone everyone knew in town and for her love of animals especially her dog, Ellie Jo, who might be even more well known than she was. She also says Hunter had the knowledge to make the tough decisions on council that needed to be made.