Ken Jennings

Kenneth Jennings won 76.49% of the votes in the race for mayor of Brookneal on Tuesday to beat out incumbent Richard Adams, Jr. (22.01%). In numbers of votes, Jennings received 205, and Adams 59, with three of four precincts reporting. Write in candidates got four votes, or 1.49%.

Adams, who served as a councilman for 17 years, most recently as vice mayor, rose to the office of mayor in January this year following the passing of Mayor James “Champ” Nowlin in December 2021.

The Brookneal Town Council election saw three incumbents - Cindy Johnson, Barbara Laprade, and Mark Wilkes - up for re-election and one challenger - Carolyn Zimmer - entering the contest. The incumbents all held their spots. Wilkes claimed the most votes with 232 (34.27%), Laprade had 223 (32.94%), and Johnson 152 (22.45%). Zimmer gained 62 votes, or 9.16%. Eight votes went to write in candidates.

Each voter could vote for up to three candidates in the town council race, with the top three vote earners making it onto council for the next four years. Three out of four precincts reported results.

Voters casting their ballot at the Brookneal precinct voted 81.33% (183 votes) in favor of Jennings and 18.67% (42 votes) in favor of Adams. Voters casting an absentee ballot voted much more closely, with Jennings edging out Adams, 22 votes to 17.

Council votes in both the Brookneal precinct compared with absentee voting came out similarly. In the Brookneal precinct, Wilkes picked up 198 votes (35.17%), Laprade had 181 (32.15%), Johnson 126 (22.38%), and Zimmer 51 (9.06%). Write ins accounted for seven votes (1.24%).

Absentee ballots favored LaPrade with 39 votes, followed by Wilkes with 34 votes, Johnson with 26, and Zimmer with 11. One vote went to a write in candidate.