CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman is going to need a new clerk.
Allen H. Loughry II, currently a clerk for Workman at the Supreme Court, was elected Tuesday to one of two seats on the five-member court. Incumbent Justice Robin Davis was re-elected to her seat. Both are set to serve 12-year terms.
The two defeated Democrat Letitia "Tish" Chafin, a Charleston lawyer and former president of the West Virginia State Bar, and Republican John Yoder, a circuit judge in the Eastern Panhandle.
With 92 percent of the state's precincts counted, Davis had 271,996 votes and Loughry had 260,367 votes, compared to 230,208 for Yoder and 229,833 for Chafin.
Loughry, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday night, was the only candidate to take part in the state's public financing program. This summer, the state Elections Commission decided not to release more funds to Loughry in the middle of the campaign, claiming that U.S. Supreme Court decisions against other states' campaign finance programs meant West Virginia's was unconstitutional.
First declaring his candidacy as an independent, Loughry announced in September 2011 that he would run as a Republican. At the time, he mentioned his conservative financial and social values. He also said he would support nonpartisan elections for judicial positions.
In 2006, Loughry wrote a book called, "Don't Buy Another Vote, I Won't Pay for a Landslide: The Sordid and Continuing History of Political Corruption in West Virginia."
An Elkins native, he earned his undergraduate degree at West Virginia University; his law degree at Capital University School of Law in Columbus, Ohio; and two master of law degrees from American University and the University of London.
Before he clerked for Workman, Loughry served as a clerk for former Supreme Court Justice Elliott "Spike" Maynard and as a senior assistant state attorney general.
During her re-election campaign, Davis emphasized her efforts to modernize the rules of filing appeals to the Supreme Court to make sure decisions about accepting or rejecting cases for appeal are made on the basis of the merits of each case.
Davis also initiated programs to help the court work with children and families throughout the state, including: expanding parent education programs, creating an online database about child abuse and neglect and initiating new rules about child abuse and neglect proceedings.
"I think clearly West Virginia has responded to my positive message," Davis said after her victory Tuesday. I am really proud of my record on the court. I look forward to continuing my work for the people of West Virginia. I have worked with 13 justices over 15 years.