Sorrento voters evict four incumbents

Sorrento residents demanded change on Saturday, booting four of the town’s six elected officials out of office.

Only town Councilmen Randy Anny and Marvin Martin were re-elected, as the town’s mayor and three council members lost, according to complete but unofficial returns on the Secretary of State’s website.

Mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr., who opted against running for re-election and instead sought a seat on the council, and two incumbent council members — Milton “Needlenose” Vicknair and John Wright — were defeated in a nine-candidate field to fill the five at-large seats on the council.

Councilman Jason Adams finished third in a three-candidate field for the mayor’s seat, missing the runoff election by eight votes. Democrat Wilson Longanecker Sr., who received 182 votes, or 41 percent, will face Republican Mike Lambert, who finished with 135 votes, in the May 4 runoff.

Anny and Martin will be joined on the Town Council by fellow Democrats Wanda Bourgeois, Don Schexnaydre and Patti Poche.

Bourgeois was the leading vote-getter with 306, followed by Martin, 272; Schexnaydre, 232; Poche, 211; and Anny, 202 votes. The council candidates had to receive 194 votes in order to be elected outright and avoid a runoff.