Robinson, who has spent nearly three decades working in the assessor's office, decided to run for the office when longtime Assessor Phyllis Gatson announced she would not seek re-election for health reasons.
"We worked hard since February," said Robinson, who came to the Voter's Registration office about 10 p.m. with about 75 friends and supporters, including many employees of the assessor's office. "It's not about me, it's about 'we.'"
Robinson said she has some ideas for changes in the assessor's office, but is holding off on making final decisions. "Right now I just want to get through with the election," she said. "I've got some ideas, but I'm not going to put them out there until the transition team [can meet]."
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper, a Democrat, soundly defeated Republican challenger Stephen Dwayne Snead by a vote of 40,121 to 28,528 after unoffical totals were tallied. Snead did not actively campaign, nearly assuring Carper a third term in office.
Kanawha County's other local races were uncontested. Incumbent prosecutor Mark Plants, a Republican, got 50,552 votes. He was unopposed in the primary and general elections.
Democrat Johnny Rutherford also was not opposed in the primary or general while running for sheriff. Rutherford, the brother of current Sheriff Mike Rutherford, received 51,254 votes.
Incumbent County Surveyor Bob Gunnoe, a Democrat, was also unopposed. Gunnoe received 46,837 votes.
Earlier in the day, County Clerk Vera McCormick predicted a heavy voter turnout. Unofficial election returns showed a total of 75,553 ballots cast, 56.5 percent of eligible county voters.
But final election numbers may take several days to collate. McCormick said there were a large number of provisional ballots left to count, though probably not enough to affect the outcome of any county races.
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