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Election results from counties around West Virginia


MADISON — Boone County Commissioner Eddie Hendricks has defeated primary challenger Scotty Cook, with 1,616 votes to Cook’s 1,428 and all 34 precincts reporting.

Cook led Hendricks earlier in voting returns by 1,120 to Hendricks’ 868, with 20 of 34 precincts reporting. Hendricks has previously served one six-year term on the commission. Aaron Boggs was the only candidate on the Republican ballot. He had 267 votes. 

Incumbent school board members Danny Cantley, of Racine; Joe Taglienta Jr., of Nellis; and Mark Sumpter, of Madison, had no opponents on the ballot in their race for re-election. Cantley had 2,020 votes, Taglienta had 1,988, and Sumpter had 2,374.


SUTTON — David Robert Singleton defeated Robert D. Hamil for the unexpired seat in the Democratic primary for Braxton County magistrate.

Hamil was appointed to the seat earlier this year following the retirement of Magistrate Larry Cliffton, a Democrat. Singleton received 194 and Hamil received 154 votes, with all 54 precincts reporting.

George Skidmore defeated Democratic incumbent County Commissioner Teresa “Terry” Frame. Republican candidate Kevin Kniceley defeated his opponent, Kenneth Groves, in the commission race. Skidmore and Kniceley will face each other in November for a six-year term to the Braxton County Commission. Four people were elected in the race for Braxton County Board of Education.

Incumbent Mickey Skeens led over J.D. Whitesel and Van Carr. James “Jimmy” Huffman led over incumbent Kathy Parker. Darrell A. Sears followed incumbent Dave Hoover. Also Tuesday, a majority of voters approved hunting on Sunday in the county.


CLAY -- Garrett Samples, appointed as Clay County sheriff last year, was officially elected to the post on Tuesday.

Samples, of Procious, was appointed by the Clay County Commission to replace Miles Slack last September. Slack pleaded guilty in federal court to an illegal wiretapping charge involving his then-wife, less than a year after entering office.

On Tuesday, Samples received 677 votes for sheriff in the Democratic primary. Peter Triplett and David A. Holcomb, both of Clay, received 460 and 159 votes, respectively. No Republican candidates filed for the position.

Greg Fitzwater, of Bickmore, beat out incumbent County Commissioner Mike Pierson, of Maysel, in the Democratic primary. Fitzwater received 774 votes, while Pierson had 512.

School board members Dave Mullins and Morgan Triplett, both of Clay, will keep their seats. Mullins topped the bill with 819 votes. Triplett had 755 votes. Cheryl White, of Wallback, who had 571 votes, will join the two on the county Board of Education. Results for other board candidates included Jim “Roho” Ryan, of Ivydale, 409 votes; Jason Triplett, of Clay, 315 votes; Susan Markle Bodkins, of Lizemores, 543 votes; Jack Brown, of Clay, 178 votes; and, Jim Purdue, of Procious, 390 votes.

Clay County’s $375,000 library levy passed by 55 percent. The library system will receive $75,000 annually from 2015 to 2019.

Results for Clay County’s primary were delayed Tuesday due to technical difficulties with ballot machines. A final count was completed by Wednesday afternoon.


FAYETTEVILLE — Three people were elected to the Fayette County Board of Education after Tuesday’s primary election.

Incumbent Pat Gray and Patsy Holliday defeated James “Jack” Workman and Amanda Storey in the New Haven District. Gray received 2,043 votes; Holliday received 1,771; Workman received 1,277; and Storey received 1,023. Incumbent Steve Bush led fellow candidate Teri Harlan in the Plateau district, according to official results. Bush received 2,043 votes and Harlan received 1,561.

Incumbent Democrat Denise Eskew Scalph, of Fayetteville, is the only candidate on the ballot for a County Commission seat. Scalph most recently served as commission president.


GLENVILLE — Gilmer County Commissioner Brian Kennedy kept his seat on Tuesday, fending off challenger Reta Knight, of Glenville, in the Democratic primary.

Kennedy got 470 votes to 409 for Knight. No Republicans filed for the office.

There were three open seats on the Gilmer County Board of Education and three candidates. Incumbents Tom Ratliff and Carl L. Armour had 776 and 453 votes, respectively. Norma Hurley, of Normantown, received 520 votes.

Gilmer County voters struck down a measure that would have allowed Sunday hunting. Results show 571 voted against the measure, while 541 were in support.


LEWISBURG — Two-term County Commissioner Karen Lobban, with 820 votes, was defeated by Democratic competitor Christian Giggenbach, who totaled 1,047, in Greenbrier County’s Democratic primary on Tuesday.

Other candidates for the Democratic nomination include Bobby White with 548 votes, and Ed Delong with 747, with all 29 precincts reporting.

Republican candidate Lowell Rose, with 757 votes, bested challenger Sue Traynor Spicer to earn his party’s nomination for the commission race. Spicer had 469 votes. Giggenbach and Rose will face off for the commission seat in November.

Hazel Flanagan Reed, Kay Smith and Jeanie Porterfield Wyatt led Greenbrier County’s school board race. Wyatt and Smith are current school board members, and Reed is vying for the seat vacated by board president Kathy King. Reed had 2,614 votes, Smith had 2,409, and Wyatt had 3,077.

Incumbent Democrat Robin Loudermilk will win the office of county clerk, with no other candidates listed on either ballot. Loudermilk was appointed in 2012 to serve out the unexpired term of retired clerk William Livesay Sr.  


RIPLEY — Republican Mitch Morrison and incumbent Democrat Tommy Nutter led their respective tickets in Tuesday’s primary for a seat on the Jackson County Commission. Both were the only candidates listed on their respective party’s ballots. 

Caroll Staats, Jack Wiseman and Steve Wedge, all current Board of Education members, had no opponents on the ballot in their race for re-election.


WESTON -- Three members of the Lewis County Board of Education were re-elected Tuesday.

Board of Education President Beth Ann Burkhart, of Walkersville, and members Buck Probst and Paul J. Derico, both of Weston, faced two challengers in the primary election. Burkhart, Probst and Derico received 1,762 votes, 1,509 votes and 1,498 votes, respectively. Challenger Brian L. Bennett trailed closely behind Derico with 1,473 votes, while challenger Vicki Kerrigan came in last with 924. Both Bennett and Kerrigan are from Weston.

Lewis County voters turned down a measure to approve Sunday hunting. Results showed 1,610 “no” votes and 1,197 in favor.

Incumbent County Commisioner Pat Boyle, of Jane Lew, ran unopposed in Lewis County’s Democratic primary this year. No Republicans filed for the primary race.

WESTON -- Three members of the Lewis County Board of Education were re-elected on Tuesday.

Board of Education President Beth Ann Burkhart, of Walkersville, and members Buck Probst and Paul J. Derico, both of Weston, faced two challengers in the primary election. Burkhart, Probst and Derico received 1,762 votes, 1,509 votes and 1,498 votes, respectively. Challenger Brian L. Bennett trailed closely behind Derico with 1,473 votes, while challenger Vicki Kerrigan came in last with 924. Both Bennett and Kerrigan are from Weston.

Lewis County voters turned down a measure to approve Sunday hunting. Results showed 1,610 “no” votes and 1,197 in favor.

Incumbent County Commisioner Pat Boyle, of Jane Lew, ran unopposed in Lewis County’s Democratic primary this year. No Republicans filed for the primary race.


HAMLIN — Phoebe Harless seemed set to be the new Lincoln County commissioner after Tuesday’s primary election.

Harless, of Griffithsville, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and no Republicans filed to run. Longtime commissioner Charles McCann didn’t run for re-election.

Harless ran for commissioner in the 2010 primary and filed a lawsuit in federal court against the commission and other county officials over the results. She claimed she had won the election, but commissioners instead declared Thomas Ramey the winner.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin dismissed Harless’ lawsuit last year. She has appealed the case to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lincoln will also have a new school board member. There are four available seats — three four-year terms and one term of two years to fill the unexpired term of Gary McCallister, who stepped down to run for the state House of Delegates.

The two-year term will go to incumbent Carol Smith, of Branchland, the candidate who got the least amount of votes with 1,315.

Rodney “Rowdy” Baker II, of Ranger, will be the new board member elected Tuesday. With all 16 precincts reporting, Baker had 1,432 votes.

Also running for re-election was Fred Curry, 1,431 votes and Steve Priestley, 1,461, both of Hamlin.


LOGAN — Logan County Commissioner Willie D. Akers Jr. will keep his seat after Tuesday’s primary election.

He had 2,531 votes compared to challenger Robert “Bob” Stidham, who had 1,852 with all 38 precincts reporting.

Akers a former West Virginia University basketball player and Logan high school basketball coach, is hoping to hang on the seat he’s held since 1998 on the commission.

Stidham has been a salesman at various companies, according to his campaign website.

Both candidates are Democrats. No Republican candidates filed for the seat.

There are three seats on the county school board open. County school board members Pat Joe White, of Man, and Mark McGrew, of Holden, will keep their seats on the school board. White received 2,094 votes and McGrew 3,051.

Debbie (Harvey) Mendez also won a spot on the school board with 2,182 votes.

She beat out Robin Adams Mutters, of Chapmanville, with 1,519 votes, and Harry Freeman, of Chapmanville, with 1,983.


POINT PLEASANT — Mason County school board incumbents Dale Shobe and Greg Fowler have won the county’s school board race, along with newcomer Mickey Whalen, with all 30 precincts reporting.

Shobe had 1,297 votes, Fowler had 1,621, and Whalen had 1,239. Jared Billings was close behind with 1,212 votes, while Martin Zirkle had 965 votes and N. Jason Andrick has 759 votes.

Long-time Mason County Commissioner Rick Handley was running uncontested on the Democratic ticket, and there were no Republican candidates for the seat. Handley was first elected to the commission in 1996. 


WELCH — Cecil Dale Patterson unseated McDowell County Commissioner A. Ray Bailey in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election.

With all precincts reporting, Patterson received 1,570 votes to Bailey’s 1,186.

Bailey had served as commissioner since 2008. Patterson, of Caretta, who ran for commission in 2010, is a mine superintendent.

All three incumbents running for McDowell school board lost.

New members are Margaret Beavers, of War, who received 941 votes, Georgia Muncy West, of Roderfield with 1,156 votes, and Mike Mitchem, of Iaeger, with 959 votes. The incumbents were Kevin A. Wade, with 789 votes, Jimmy Copolo, 645 votes, and Lynda “Pip” Evans, 872 votes.

Julie Church, of Avondale, got 253 votes, and Brenda S. Goodson, of Welch, got 545 votes.


PRINCETON — Mercer County Commissioner Terry Basham won by about 130 votes against the four other Democrats vying for his seat in Tuesday’s primary.

Basham, of Rock, was appointed last year to fill the vacancy created after Joe Coburn died. He had 1,133 votes with all 49 of Mercer County’s precincts reporting. Phillip Ball, of Athens, was not far behind with 1,006 votes.

Also running in the Democratic primary for Mercer commissioner: Lyle Cottle, of Spanishburg, with 213 votes; Robert “Bob” Carter, of Princeton, 477 votes, and John Sommers, of Rock, with 299 votes.

Greg Puckett, of Princeton, ran unopposed for the Republican nomination for county commission. He got 1,241 votes.

All three county Board of Education incumbents — J.B. Hurt and Gregory S. Prudich, both of Princeton, and Gilbert “Gene” Bailey, of Camp Creek — will continue to serve on the Mercer County Board of Education, as they ran unopposed.


UNION — Monroe County’s excess fire levy passed with 63 percent after all precincts reported Tuesday night.

The levy needed 60 percent to pass.

At the request of county fire chiefs, county commissioners agreed in October to put the fire levy up for vote.

Democrat Terry A. Utterback will face incumbent Republican County Commissioner William E. “Bill” Miller in November’s general election. Utterback, who received 701 votes, and Miller, 549, were the only candidates that filed run. Miller just completed his first term as commissioner.

Barbara Fisher, of Gap Mills, an “official write-in” candidate, was elected to the Monroe County Board of Education.

Charles Sams and Candy Sabol will keep their seats on the school board. No one else filed for the board.


SUMMERSVILLE — Democrat Lyle Neal defeated opponent Tom Blankenship in the primary race for Nicholas County Commission.

Neal had 1,412 votes to Blankenship’s 1,099 votes, with all 28 precincts reporting. Republican County Commission candidate Gary D. Withee was running unopposed.

Three candidates were be elected to the county’s Board of Education. Darrell R. White and Fred R. Amick led, followed by incumbents Phil Berry and Barbara Taylor. Teddy Alderman, Tim Clifford and incumbent Jason Swager followed.


MARLINTON — Democratic contender David McLaughlin defeated current County Commissioner David Fleming with 511 votes to Fleming’s 436, with all 15 precincts reporting. 

Fleming was vying for his second six-year term. There were two other Democratic contenders for the nomination for a full Pocahontas County commission term: Kenneth Varner and Pattie Heinemann had 280 and 59 votes, respectively. 

William Beard, who joined the commission last year to replace Dolan Irvine, defeated challengers Shay Huffman and Sarah Riley for the nomination to fill the rest of the unexpired term. Beard had 633 votes, Riley had 425 and Huffman had 216.

Republicans Charles Albert Wilfong and Norman Lee Alderman were uncontested in their races for the full and unexpired county commission terms, respectively.

Jan McNeel and Emery Grimes were uncontested in their race for Pocahontas County’s school board, and Jessica Hefner defeated Lynn Jordan for the Central District seat with 803 votes to Jordan’s 629. McNeel and Grimes are both current members of the board. Grimes is its president.


BECKLEY — With all 87 precincts reporting, Tim R. Berry, of Beckley, led the Democratic primary race for Raleigh County Commission with 1,475 votes. Steve Davis, of Shady Spring followed Berry with 1,172 votes. No current commissioners are running for re-election.

Byrd E. White III led in the Republican commission primary with 1,246 votes.

Results for other Democratic candidates were as follows: John P. Humphrey, of Beaver, with 897 votes; Wayne Williams, of Daniels, with 742 votes; Roy Shrewsbury, of Daniels, with 612 votes; and, Phil Lewis, of Daniels, with 589 votes. Republican Charles “Chuck” Carpenter, of Beaver, was behind White with 825 votes. Republican Mike Laxton, of Shady Spring, had 605 votes.

Five candidates challenged Board of Education incumbents Larry D. Ford, of Shady Spring, and Cindy Jafary, of Beckley. A final count shows Charlotte Hutchens, of Beckley, led the race with 4,572 votes. Ford followed Hutchens with 3,544 votes. Jafary landed 3,328 votes. Other candidates running for the school board had the following results: Marsha K. Smith, of Crab Orchard, with 3,084 votes; Al Martine, of Daniels, with 2,377 votes; John P. Fernland, of Beaver, with 1,859 votes; and, Jim Fraley, of Beaver, with 1,460 votes.


SPENCER — A final count showed incumbent Roane County Commissioner Rodney D. Cox took the Democratic primary by only 3 votes. Cox, who had 517 votes, beat Tim Morgan, who obtained 514 votes. Both candidates are from Walton. Merlin Shamblin, of Looneyville, was the only Republican commission candidate on the ballot and had 826 votes cast in his favor.

Twelve candidates are vying for three positions on Roane County’s Board of Education in this year’s primary. Current board member Greg Boggs, of Spencer, led the race with 710 votes. Incumbent Jeff Mace, of Amma, led with 705 votes. Joshua M. Gump, of Spencer, will join the board with 684 votes. Martha Wilson, of Spencer, obtained 45 votes. Incumbent Chris Mealey, of Reedy, was cast off the board with 611 votes. Results for remaining candidates are as follows: John Norman, of Looneyville, with 682 votes; Jessalynn Salvucci Smelko, of Leroy, with 600 votes; Anthony Stotts, of Spencer, with 440 votes; Ronald Chadwell, of Spencer, with 359 votes; Martha Smith Wilson, of Spencer, with 343 votes; Julianna Poole, of Spencer, with 205 votes; Juanita “Nita” Mayes, of Tariff, with 227 votes; and, Russell D. Wade, of Reedy, with 611 votes.


HINTON — County Commissioner Bill Lightner defeated Democratic competitor Larry Fox with 1,068 votes to Fox’s 649, with all 15 precincts reporting.

Lightner has served two terms on the commission. No Republicans filed for the seat. 

Incumbents Sue Angell and Debbie Clark and newcomer James “Pistol” Payne were victorious in the county’s school board race. Angell had 1,361 votes, Clark had 1,342  and Payne had 1,031. Fourth candidate Donna Brewster trailed with 710 votes. 


WEBSTER SPRINGS — Incumbents Harold Carpenter and Joyce Markle will return to the Webster County Board of Education, but Carpenter needed some help from the county’s district requirements.

With all 14 precincts reporting, Carpenter received 536 votes, placing last in a four-candidate field behind Markle (760 votes), F. Dwayne Green (692 votes) and Susan Chericalo (648 votes). But Markle and Green are both from the county’s Northern District, which could only send one candidate onto the school board. So Green was knocked off, and Carpenter will take his place.

Incumbent County Commissioner Daniel Dotson and incumbent County Clerk Eva Green, both Democrats, were unopposed on Tuesday’s ballot. No Republicans filed for either office.


PINEVILLE — Wyoming County’s prosecuting attorney will return to the position for another term. Final results Tuesday showed Democrat Mike Cochrane won the race with 1,836 votes. Cochrane was challenged by David G. Thompson, of Pineville, and Pam Lambert, of Hanover, in this year’s primary election. Lambert followed Cochrane with 1,149 votes. Thompson had 870 votes. No Republicans filed for the position.

Democratic county commissioner Jason Mullins lead in the primary with 2,546 votes, while challenger David Cox had 1237 votes. Both candidates are from Mullens. No Republicans filed to run in this year’s primary county commission race.

Seven candidates were running for three seats on the county’s Board of Education in this year’s primary. Allan Stiltner, of Franrock, lead with 1,919 votes. Doug Leaster, of Oceana, and Mike Davis, were next in line for school board positions with 1,796 votes and 1,743 votes, respectively. Davis currently serves as a board member. Board President Tommy Knotts, of Brenton, won’t be returning, as he garnered only 1,648 votes. Perry E. Cook, of Clear Fork, trailed with 1,361 votes, while Betty Jenkins England, of Pineville, had 1,441. Board member Arnold W. Harless, of Clear Fork, fell in last with 1,315 votes.


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