Buxton
Buxton
Denise Buxton and Kenneth W. Garrett Jr. will be the Democratic nominees for the two open Hanover Town Council at-large seats in the general election.

Buxton and Garrett each earned 34 percent of the vote, bumping incumbent Jennifer Shelton, who was first elected in 2010, from the November ballot.

Shelton received 22 percent of the vote, while Belva Missy Ashby Scott received 8 percent of the vote.

No Republican candidates have filed for Hanover Town Council, though the party will have chance to nominate candidates later this year.

Garrett was appointed to the board earlier this year to fill a vacancy, but this was his first primary win. He could not be reached for comment.

This was Buxton's first time running for public office, but she said she had been considering a run for several years.

"I was kind of shocked and surprised, but it was a good feeling to know that people wanted me to be there," she said.

Buxton spent about six to seven hours Tuesday at the polls speaking with voters. She said she'd like to reduce spending in the town, if she is elected to the council.

"We don't have the money coming in like the big cities do," she said, adding that she wanted to focus on the Hanover Town Park and free events for children. She said she already plans to help with Hanover Party in the Park, which is set for late May.

Before the end of the year, Shelton plans to continue looking for grant sources to fund housing rehabilitation projects in Hanover, as well as ways to improve on the town park.

One of her ideas is to implement a splash park to replace the town pool that was closed several years ago.

Shelton, who has worked in government for 20 years and currently works in the clerk's office, said she would consider seeking a public office in the future.

"When God closes open door, he opens another," she said.