Miller re-elected; Perrone will join Weirton council


WEIRTON — The voters have spoken, and there will be several returning faces to Weirton City Council beginning July 1.

Mayor Harold Miller will begin his second term in the city’s highest elected office after holding off a challenge from George Village as part of the city’s municipal general election Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Flora Perrone will fill the seat representing the city’s Fifth Ward, defeating opponent George Charnie Jr. Incumbent Douglas Jackson chose not to seek re-election.

The six other incumbent members of council were re-elected, with three of them being unopposed on the ballot.

“We got a lot of things started in the first four years,” Miller said after the unofficial results were announced.

Miller said he believes the returning members of council understand the direction he wants for the city, and will be working together to reach that vision.

According to the unofficial results, Miller received 1,338 votes, or 78.75 percent, compared to Village’s 354 votes or 20.84 percent. There also were seven write-in ballots cast.

In the council races, the results were as follows:

• Ward 1: Tim Connell (incumbent) 144; Jonathan Curenton 123.

• Ward 2: Mike Adams (incumbent) 142; Ralph Cunningham 67.

• Ward 3: Fred Marsh (incumbent) 128.

• Ward 4: George Ash Sr. (incumbent) 83.

• Ward 5: Flora Perrone 280; George Charnie Jr. 221.

• Ward 6: Enzo Fracasso (incumbent) 180.

• Ward 7: Terry Weigel (incumbent) 152; Shanon Schuetzner 118.

In addition, all 11 charter change proposals were approved, according to the unofficial results.

Pointing to efforts to streamline municipal operations and improve security, as well as business growth in the city, Miller said he wants to continue moving the city forward while also remembering its past.

“We can’t forget where we started,” he said.

He noted there have been renewed efforts to provide a clean community, as well as a new emphasis on public art in Weirton, including a mosaic project undertaken by volunteers at Cove Commons, metal sculptures placed throughout the city and increased activity through the Summit Art Gallery and the Weirton Museum and Cultural Center.

“Some day, we’re going to be a destination,” Miller said.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)