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Danville Mayor Mark McClure

DANVILLE — Mark McClure’s distinction as West Virginia’s longest continually serving mayor will continue.

After the votes were counted last Tuesday in the municipal general election, McClure had defeated challenger Justin Chafin 66-20. The pair have a history, with McClure defeating the Danville Fire Chief six years ago.

McClure began serving on July 6, 1981, when he was 29 years old. His inaugural term followed that of Rex Burton.

McClure spoke about what it means to have the trust of the town once again, and has said in past interviews with the CVN that, if re-elected, it would be his last term.

“It really isn’t me; Danville won today,” McClure said. “Everyone on my council has the best interest of this town at heart. We want the people here to have a better life.”

McClure said his primary goal beyond encouraging young people to get involved in local government is to follow through on annexing projects to expand the town’s reach, completing local beatification projects coupled with larger initiatives.

“We’ve got $250,000 coming in federal money (CARES Act) that must be used for broadband, water and sewer, and I’d like to bring the community together to see how they want that money spent.”

McClure, who was chosen to be grand marshal for the 2021 West Virginia Coal Festival concluded, “I commend Justin (Chafin) for running and I want to encourage him and other young people to continue with their interest in local government.”

Also running unopposed and remaining on the Danville Town Council are:

  • Recorder/Treasurer Toney Hensley, 76 votes
  • Councilman George Chafin, 73 votes
  • Councilman Fred Byrnside, 70 votes
  • Councilman Mark Snow, 68 votes
  • Councilman Ronald Nelson, 73 votes
  • Councilman Harold Porter, 67 votes

In Whitesville, Mayor Freddie Harless along with the Whitesville Town Council incumbents and candidates were unopposed:

  • Mayor Freddie Harless, 32 votes
  • Recorder Lisa Lively, 32 votes
  • Councilman Matt Lively, 32 votes
  • Councilman Steven Morris, 30 votes
  • Councilwoman Kimberly Dillon, 31 votes
  • Councilman Dustin Seanze, 30 votes
  • Councilman Vincent Massey, 32 votes

In Madison, incumbents and candidates were also unopposed; those vote totals were not available by press time:

  • Mayor Buddy Hudson
  • Councilwoman Carolyn Mulins
  • Councilman Arch Griffith
  • Councilwoman Bretta Kuhn
  • Councilman Larry “Happy” Saunders
  • Recorder Will Rowley
  • Councilman P.J. Johnson

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at or at 304-307-2401.

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