Several New Faces Fill Bedford City Council Seats

(BEDFORD) – The Bedford City Council will see several new faces starting January 1st, as Republican candidates swept all the council seats.

Ryan Griffith, City Council District 1; Larry Hardman, District 2; Brad Bough, District 3; and Dan Bortner and Angel Hawkins will all be new faces on the Bedford City Council.

Bedford City Council District 4 Councilwoman Judy Carlisle and Bedford City Council District 5 Penny May have been re-elected to serve another term.

“I feel really excited about winning another term on the council. I want to thank the hard work of my family, friends, and supporters who helped me.  It has been a busy past couple of weeks with a niece who had a baby on Halloween and a couple of thousand people who came out to trick and treat at my 14th Street home during Halloween. Life has been busy but we continued to plug at it. We are losing quite a few due to retirement, and I am glad to stay on board to help with the newcomers that are on the city council,” May stated.

Penny May faced off with Clarice Guy in the bid for the District 5 race. May won the race with 71.72 percent of the votes. 

“I enjoyed meeting the people and hearing about their issues. I probably will not seek another political office as I am interested in education issues, being a former educator myself. However, I have been elected as the new Democrat Party Chairman and will be working for the whole county. My philosophy is to move the needle forward and we have done that in Lawrence County.  I am pleased to meet people from Huron and Mitchell and will continue to work for the whole county as a whole as Party Chairwoman,” stated Guy.

The Bedford City Council District 3 race was the only contested race with Republican Brad Bough winning with 78.71 percent of the vote over Edward Bay.

“First of the year, we will all get to know one another, and help each other out finding out the strengths and the weaknesses of the other members,” Penny May concluded.