Voters in Vienna reelected two Town Council members yesterday and added a newcomer to the council in a close race that saw the largest voter turnout in 10 years.
Incumbent Rodger Seeman placed an easy first in the field of nine candidates with 1,197 votes. Richard L. Fisher came in second in his first bid for public office with 999 votes, and incumbent Robert W. Robinson placed third with 921 votes. They will serve two-year terms; the other three seats on the six-member council plus the office of mayor will be up for election next year.
Mary Jane Cronin placed a close fourth in yesterday's balloting with 842 votes.
Town officials said 2,194 of Vienna's 9,117 registered voters turned out to choose among the largest field of candidates that the town of 15,500 has had since 1976.
Seeman and Robinson will serve their second and third council terms, respectively, starting July 1. Fisher replaces council member Donald Upchurch, who is retiring in June.
Fisher attributed his victory to his experience on the town's planning and transportation safety commissions. He said he would try to appoint more citizens to the Town Council's volunteer advisory groups and concentrate on solving the town's chronic traffic problem.
Robinson said he would continue his project to increase the pay scale for Vienna's police force.