Dolan, Wilder elected to Lynchburg City Council

Sterling Wilder (left) and MaryJane Dolan were elected to Lynchburg City Council Tuesday.
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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Lynchburg City Council has two new members.

MaryJane Dolan and Sterling Wilder were elected to fill seats in Wards I and II. Jeff Helgeson won a three-way race to keep his seat in Ward III and Turner Perrow was uncontested in Ward IV.

Dolan will replace Mike Gillette, who has represented Ward I since 2004 and most recently served as city mayor. Dolan owns an insurance brokerage and has served on the boards of non-profits and colleges.

"I've had such overwhelming support," Dolan told WDBJ7. "I just feel there is a lot I can bring to the table for city council and I'm very excited to be a part of that."

Wilder will replace Ceasor Johnson, who gave up his seat to make an unsuccessful bid for city treasurer.

Wilder is executive director of the Jubilee Family Development Center, a non-profit that promotes education and provides activities to keep at-risk kids out of trouble.

"One of the most important issues for me right now is poverty," said Wilder. "When you address poverty, you address so many issues like the achievement gap and economic issues like the living wage."

Johnson, who currently serves as vice-mayor, lost the treasurer's race to Robert Bailey, a Lynchburg-area accountant.