ELECTION 2014 Upsets

ELKINS – Two incumbent Randolph County Board of Education members were defeated in Tuesday night’s primary election.

Both Edward Tyre, representing the Elkins District, and David Lee Kesling Jr., representing the Cheat District, were beaten out in the five-person race. The three open seats will go to current BOE President Lisa M. Wamsley from the Tygart District, along with Janie Newlon of the Cheat District and Donna Auvil of the Elkins District.

According to unofficial results, Wamsley was the leading vote-getter with 2,204 votes (22.81 percent). Auvil and Newlon followed with 2,056 (21.28 percent) and 2,018 votes (20.89 percent), respectively. Tyre finished the night with 1,790 votes (18.53 percent) and Kesling with 1,585 (16.40 percent). There were also nine write-in votes.

Following the victory, Auvil said she looks forward to the next four years and will do her best for the students and faculty.

“I’m humbled by the confidence in the people voting for me. I won’t promise to do this or that but what I do promise is to do my best for the students, service personnel and the teachers,” Auvil said.

“I look forward to the next four years and I will do my very best.”

None of the other BOE candidates were present at the Randolph County Courthouse Tuesday evening.

In the race for the Democratic nomination for the Randolph County Commission, incumbent Chris See, of Valley Bend, won handily, receiving 1,186 votes (39.56 percent). The closest competitor was Lloyd Heckel, of Elkins, with 689 votes (22.98 percent). Mike Riggleman, of Beverly, finished the night with 590 votes (19.68 percent) and John “Andy” Burns, of Beverly, received 533 (17.78 percent).

“I appreciate all the support from everyone getting out to vote. I also want to thank all the other Randolph County Commission candidates for running a clean campaign,” See said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Randolph County for the last five and a half years. I look forward to making Randolph County a better and safer place to live.”

On the Republican side, James Dean, of Beverly, ran unopposed and completed the night with 763 votes. He will face See in the November election.

In the race for the Democratic nominations for the two House of Delegates 43rd District seats, it was a tight contest between incumbents Bill Hartman and Denise Campbell, both of Elkins.

Campbell came out on top with 2,400 votes (55.54 percent) to Hartman’s 1,921 (44.46 percent). Both will go on to represent the Democrats in the November election.

“I just want to say that I am very honored and appreciative of all the support that residents of Randolph County and Pocahontas County have showed with the numbers coming in tonight,” Campbell said. “I am also very honored and appreciative of the confidence the voters showed in me. I want to continue to work hard for them and my goal, of course, is to put West Virginia citizens and the 43rd District first. If we work together we can accomplish much more and everyone is a winner.”

Hartman echoed those sentiments, saying he appreciates the support of the voters and looks forward to another term.

“I would just like to thank everybody for the support. This is the seventh time I have been on the ballot and I appreciate the confidence,” he said. “I look forward to another term in the House (of Delegates). There are a lot of issues that we still have to deal with that are very important.”

On the Republican side, Charles G. Kinnison, of Elkins, was the leading vote-getter, taking 652 votes (43.94 percent). Mary Boltz, of Beverly, came in second with 422 votes (28.37 percent), barely edging out Lonnie E. Randall, of Elkins, with 411 votes (27.70 percent). Kinnison and Boltz will face off against Campbell and Hartman in November.

Kinnison, in a prepared statement to The Inter-Mountain, wrote, “It is an honor to be on the ballot with an opportunity to represent the Republican Party as a 43rd District House of Delegates candidate in the fall. I would like to thank all who have supported me with their time, yard signs, finances and votes. I appreciate everyone that came out and exercised their freedom to vote, it is indeed a tremendous privilege.

“My vision is to focus on the local level as well as to stand with you in Charleston. Let us continue to work together to see a difference made now, and in the future for our homes, our jobs and our communities. I would like to thank all those who have gone before and paved the road for us to live with the freedoms we enjoy and I give all gratitude to our creator who has shown America favor. Thanks to all those who worked the polls, counted, recorded and reported the votes. Your work is to be commended.”

In the race for the House of Delegates 44th District seat, Democrat Dana L. Lynch, of Webster Spring,s ran unopposed and received 21 votes. On the Republican side Duane Borchers, Sr., of Craigsville, ran unopposed and received 16 votes.

Gregory A. Tucker, of Summersville, ran unopposed in the Democratic nomination race for the 11th Senate District and received 2,008 votes. On the Republican side, Steve Foster, of Buckhannon, received 606 votes (60.42 percent), while Robert L. Karnes, of Tallmansville, received 397 votes (39.58 percent).

In the Democratic race for U.S. Senator, Natalie Tennant of Charleston received 1,984 votes (69.57 percent) in Randolph County, to Dennis Melton of Buckhannon’s 454 (15.92 percent) and David B. Wamsley of Williamstown’s 414 (14.52 percent).

On the Republican side, Shelley Moore Capito of Charleston received 1,046 votes (92.48 percent) in Randolph, compared to Matthew Dodrill, of Parkersburg, who finished with 55 votes (4.86 percent), and Larry Eugene Butcher, of Washington, who finished with 30 votes (2.65 percent).

In the Democratic race for U.S. House of Representatives 2nd Congressional District, Nick Casey, of Charleston, received 1,546 (66.32 percent) votes in Randolph County, to 785 (33.68 percent) votes for Meshea L. Poore, of Charleston.

On the Republican side, Alex X. Mooney, of Charles Town, received 539 votes (49.95 percent) in Randolph County. The next highest was Charlotte Lane/ of Charleston/ with 218 votes (20.20 percent). They were followed by Ken Reed/ of Berkeley Springs/ with 193 votes (17.89 percent), Jim Moss of Hurricane with 42 votes (3.89 percent), Steve Harrison/ of Cross Lanes/ with 36 votes (3.34 percent), Ron Walters, Jr. of Charleston/ with 29 votes (2.69 percent) and Robert Lawrence Fluharty, of Charles Town/ with 22 votes (2.04 percent).

In the State Democratic Executive Committee Female 11th Senatorial District race, Carol Cain Bush, of Elkins, received 1,487 votes (32.05 percent) and Julia R. Stevenson, of Elkins, took 1,468 votes (31.64 percent), followed by Margaret Kerr Beckwith, of Elkins, with 1,102 votes (23.75 percent) and Andrea Hays, of Buckhannon, with 580 votes (12.50 percent).

In the State Republican Executive Committee Female 11th Senatorial District race, Mary Boltz, of Beverly, took 746 votes (48.28 percent) and Patricia L. Adams, of Buckhannon, received 421 votes (27.25 percent), followed by Karen G. McCoy, of Hillsboro, with 246 votes (15.92 percent) and Benjean Rapp, of Summersville, with 131 votes (8.48 percent). There was also one write-in vote.

In the State Democratic Executive Committee Male 11th Senatorial District race, Frank P. Bush, Jr., of Elkins, took 1,885 votes (49.31 percent) and Issac Sponaugle, of Franklin, received 1,262 votes (33.01 percent), followed by Ellis S. “Bucky” Frame III, of Summersville, with 670 votes (17.53 percent). There were also six write-in votes.

In the State Republican Executive Committee Male 11th Senatorial District race, Mark D. Scott, of Elkins, earned 861 votes (53.85 percent) and Robert L. Karnes, of Tallmansville, received 523 votes (32.71 percent), followed by Jordan Hill, of Mt. Nebo, with 114 votes (7.13 percent) and Duane Borchers, Sr. of Craigsville with 100 votes (6.25 percent). There was one write-in vote.

In the Democratic race for Congressional District Executive Committee Female 2nd Congressional District, Julia R. Stevenson, of Elkins, received 1,056 votes (39.21 percent), followed by Carol Cain Bush, of Elkins, with 951 votes (35.31 percent) and Margaret Kerr Beckwith, of Elkins, with 685 votes (25.44 percent). There was one write-in vote.

In the Republican race for Congressional District Executive Committee Female 2nd Congressional District, Mary Boltz, of Beverly, ran unopposed and received 815 votes (99.88 percent). There was one write-in vote.

In the race for Congressional District Executive Committee Male 2nd Congressional District, Valley Bend resident Lynn Phillips garnered 1,554 votes (58.55 percent), while Frank P. Bush, Jr., of Elkins, earned 1,096 votes (41.30 percent). There were four write-in votes.

On the Republican side, in the race for Congressional District Executive Committee Male 2nd Congressional District, Phillips B. Kolsun ran unopposed and received 822 votes (99.88 percent). There was one write-in vote.

For the Democratic Senatorial District Executive Committee Female 11th Senatorial District, Julia R. Stevenson, of Elkins, took 1,039 votes (38.94 percent), while Carol Cain Bush, of Elkins, earned 965 votes (36.17 percent) and Margaret Kerr Beckwith, of Elkins, with 662 (24.81 percent). There were two write-in votes.

In the Republican race for Senatorial District Executive Committee Female 11th Senatorial District, Mary Boltz, of Beverly, ran unopposed and received 827 votes (99.88 percent). There was one write-in vote.

In the Democratic Senatorial District Executive Committee Male 11th Senatorial District, Lynn Phillips, of Valley Bend, received 1,519 votes (57.52 percent), while Frank P. Bush, Jr., of Elkins, earned 1,119 votes (42.37 percent). There were three write-in votes.

Mark D. Scott, of Elkins, ran unopposed and received 915 votes (99.78 percent) in the race for Republican Senatorial District Executive Committee Male 11th Senatorial District. There were two write-in votes.

Stevenson earned 1,003 votes (38.56 percent) in the Democratic Delegate District Executive Committee Female 43rd Delegate District, while Bush took 933 votes (35.87 percent) and Beckwith 663 votes (25.49 percent). There were two write-in votes.

In the race for Democratic Delegate District Executive Committee Male 43rd Delegate District, Lynn Phillips, of Valley Bend, received 1,484 votes (57.16 percent), and Frank P. Bush, Jr., of Elkins, took 1,107 votes (42.64 percent). There were five write-in votes.

On the Republican side, Mark D. Scott, of Elkins, ran unopposed and received 857 votes (99.77 percent). There were two write-in votes.

In the race for the Democratic County Executive Committee Female Elkins District, the winners were Bush with 617 votes (41.08 percent) and Stevenson with 564 votes (37.55 percent), while Beckwith of Elkins took 315 votes (20.97 percent). There were six write-in votes.

In the race for the Republican County Executive Committee Female Elkins District, Judy Guye received 295 votes (55.14 percent) and Barbara Tyre received 240 votes (44.86 percent).

In the race for the Republican County Executive Committee Female Tygart District, Boltz received 194 votes (53.44 percent) and Carolyn Tyre Jackson received 169 votes (46.56 percent).

Stanley “Stan” A. Gould, of Elkins, ran unopposed for the Democratic County Executive Committee Male Cheat District. Gould received 618 votes.

In the race for Democratic County Executive Committee Male Elkins District, Frank P. Bush, Jr. received 777 votes (63.17 percent) and David “Ross” Rao received 447 votes (36.34 percent). There were six write-in votes.

In the race for Republican County Executive Committee Male Elkins District, Steven Cook of Elkins received 253 votes (50.10 percent) and Phillips B. Kolsun of Elkins received 251 votes (49.70 percent). There was one write-in vote.

In the race for the Democratic County Executive Committee Male Tygart District, Robert R. Elbon, Sr., of Dailey, received 479 votes (40.66 percent) and Gerald “Jerry” A. Simmons, of Dailey, took 359 votes (30.48 percent), while Charles L. Church, of Valley Bend, garnered 340 votes (28.86 percent).

Joe Gumm, of Elkins, ran unopposed for the position of Conservation District Supervisor and received 3,335 votes (99.91 percent). There were three write-in votes.

Of the 18,529 eligible voters among the 27 precincts in Randolph County, 4,259 cast ballots, a 22.99 percent voting rate.