Shelton leads after early voting in Central mayor race

The first results from Central elections are starting to arrive in the mayor, city council and police chief races.

Jr. Shelton, 62, and Dave Freneaux, 54, are running for mayor of Central after Central Mayor Shelton “Mac” Watts decided not to seek re-election. Watts has been mayor since the city incorporated in 2005. Both candidates for mayor are Republican.

As of 8:15 p.m., Shelton had 426 votes and Freneaux had 243, with only the early votes counted.

In the police chief race, Kerry Clark had 281 votes and James Salsbury had 389, with only the early votes counted.

In the City Council race, 11 candidates are running to fill five council positions.

The candidates had the following votes with just the early votes counted:

Kim Fralick 426

Wayne Messina 375

Shane Evans 356

Ralph Washington 354

John Vance 353

Jason Ellis 283

June T. Dupuy 236

Aaron Moak 233

Mike Gardner 232

Harry Rauls 227

Eric Frank 188

All the candidates are Republican and a runoff will be held May 3 if needed.