John D. "Hoppy" Hopkins was elected mayor of Paden City Thursday, declaring victory over three other candidates, including incumbent William B. Fox.
Hopkins appeared on the ballot with Fox, Cindy L. Slider, and Clyde Hochstrasser. After the ballots were tabulated, Slider received 14 votes; Hochstrasser received 98 votes; and Fox received 163 votes.
Hopkins, who previously served two terms in office, received an outpouring of support from his community. On Election Day, his supporters organized a rally at Pineapple Park, located across state Route 2 from WesBanco in Paden City. Hopkins reported that approximately 100 people attended to wish him well. "I appreciate all the help and support I received in this election," he commented.
John 'Hoppy' Hopkins
His victory comes on the heels of allegations that the former administration unlawfully ran the license plate of a Paden City resident. As a result, a complaint was filed for abuse of crime information records. Hopkins remarked, "If there's a complaint or issue, it needs to be turned over to the police department, and the Chief of Police can handle it."
The newly-elected mayor will assume his responsibilities as mayor of Paden City effective July 1 and will preside over the July 2 meeting of the city council. His first order of business is to repave some of the city streets, an issue that has dominated the council's public forum recently. He also plans to update the city's aging sewer system. "There are still problems with the system. It's a very, very old system - over 100 years old."
Also, on the ballot were the following uncontested candidates: Glenn "Bob" Casteel, 1st Ward Councilmember, 131 votes; Tom Trader, 2nd Ward Councilmember, 153 votes; and Larry Potts, 3rd Ward Councilmember, 166 votes.
Hopkins, Casteel, Trader, and Potts will serve two-year terms in office.