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Washington appoints defeated candidate By TY SANDERS Pantagraph correspondent WASHINGTON The Ward 2 representative on the City Council, Virginia "Gini" McCoy, who lost in a bid for re-election in the primary, will serve an additional two years as a result of an appointment last night by Mayor Ron Marshall. The appointment was confirmed by a 4-2 vote of the council, with Aldermen Jack Quinlan, Delmar Cunningham, Sharon King and Roger Suddith voting for the measure. Aldermen Cal Speerly and Ken Crank opposed the appointment. "I think your appointment was kind of under the table, is unfair to that ward and should have been left to the upcoming staff," Speerly told the mayor. But Marshall defended his ap pointment, saying, "It was my intention that whoever won (the primary election) would be seated and whoever lost would be appointed." Mrs. McCoy was defeated in the February primary, 200-84, by Joe Russell, a newcomer to elected office. Russell is running unopposed in today's general election. "I know Mrs. McCoy will continue to do the good job she has done in the past four years and (she) is certainly an attribute to our council," Marshall said. Mrs. McCoy fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Don Martin in January. Martin resigned from the council after a complaint was filed with the Tazewell County state's attorney's office. The complaint alleged a conflict of interest existed in Martin's holding a seat on the council while also serving in his current office as Tazewell County supervisor of assessments. "Basically, I accepted the appointment because, with the experience I have, I feel I do have something to offer to the city and Ward 2," Mrs. McCoy said. In another matter, a 4-3 vote of the council paved the way for the appropriation of $170,000 to the Washington Volunteer Fire Department in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Speerly, Crank and Mrs. McCoy suggested that the appropriation, which . was $132,000 last year, should be increased to $151,000. However, Quinlan, Cunningham, Ms. King and Suddith approved the higher figure. "The bulk of (the request for) the increase is not in the general operation," said Charles Slonneger, fire chief. "It is in set-aside funds for rescue and fire equipment in the future." The five vehicles serving as fire and rescue squads are replaced on a five-year basis, Slonneger said. A public hearing on the proposed $4.9 million budget is tentatively scheduled for April 24. SCHOOL " REGISTRATION Roanoke ROANOKE Kindergarten screening and pre-registration for students entering kindergarten in 1989 will be from 8:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. April 6 and 7 at Sowers Elementary School. Children will receive vision and hearing screening and some developmental skills will be tested. , Any child age five by Sept. 1 is eligible. Parents should bring their child's birth, certificate to the screening. Exchange student

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  1. The Pantagraph,
  2. 04 Apr 1989, Tue,
  3. Third Edition,
  4. Page 2

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