Thompson, Hartman earn wins

The Inter-Mountain photos by Tim MacVean Cody Thompson, D-Randolph, leading vote-getter in the race to represent the 43rd District House of Delegates, right, discusses incoming election results with Cindy Stemple, Randolph County Democratic Women secretary, Tuesday evening at the Randolph County Circuit Courtroom in Elkins.

ELKINS — One new face and one familiar face representing the 43rd District will meet on the West Virginia House of Delegates floor in the upcoming legislative session following Tuesday’s unofficial general election results.

Elkins resident Cody Thompson, D-Randolph, was the leading vote-getter for the district, which spans Randolph and Pocahontas counties, after receiving 5,504 total votes. Incumbent William “Bill” Hartman, D-Randolph received 5,420 votes.

Thompson said he was pleased with the outcome and plans to work hard for the citizens of the two counties, citing he can sympathize with many of the problems they face.

“I am very pleased with the results so far. I have been overwhelmed with the level of support I’ve gotten. I just want to thank each and every one of my supporters that got out and voted, that came out with signs, that put signs in their yard, that knocked on doors with me, that spread the message to their friends and family,” Thompson said. “I’m just really hoping that the Pocahontas (County) results are OK and that I can start working for our district to better our county, state and district. I’m just at a loss for words.

“Pocahontas is a different county, but I think the people over there will realize — or that they did realize — that I’m a person who works for working people,” he continued. “I’m just like everybody else. I struggle to pay my bills, I struggle to pay my house insurance and I’m just like they are. I think and hope they have seen that message and they will come through for me.”

Delegate Bill Hartman, D-Randolph, left, who won re-election in the 43rd District Tuesday, speaks with fellow Delegate Phil Isner, who lost in the May Democratic primary.

Hartman said he plans to continue, as he as done for over a decade, to combat the issues facing our cities, counties and state.

“I feel real good and I really want to thank everybody for all their support. I’ve served for 16 years and we still have a lot of serious issues. I’m to the point that I think we have to be very frank about our issues and sometimes I will have to say things people don’t want to hear,” Hartman said. “I really appreciate the support that I’ve received from Randolph County and we’ve got to move forward and worry about the state.”

William “Ty” Nestor, R-Randolph, was close behind the winners, earning 5,162 votes, and thanked everyone who supported him throughout the election process.

“The region has always treated me well as an attorney-at-law so I remain thankful for what I am still able to accomplish for us in that capacity. I want to extend a sincere thanks to the Randolph and Pocahontas County Republican parties, and to everyone who supported me is this election,” Nestor said. “I want to especially thank Samantha Cook, Brad and Jennifer Dunz, Ann Finley, and Barbara and Ed Tyre for going above and beyond for me in this endeavor.

“I think Cody Thompson worked especially hard in his campaign and was advocating the particular type of change the people of Randolph and Pocahontas counties desired,” he continued. “I will be supportive of those who were elected and hope that they can facilitate great things for our state in the future. Good luck to them.”

Mike House, R-Randolph, also shared appreciation to the 3,651 individuals who voted for him during Tuesday’s general election.

“I sure appreciate those who stood with me on this. I still think my platform as a conservative Christian is still a message that needs to be heard in Charleston so I don’t go away,” House said. “You will still hear from me and I appreciate all the support I got from all the good people in Randolph and Pocahontas counties, especially God’s people that supported me. I really appreciate it and God bless.”

In Randolph County alone, Thompson received 4,489 votes, or 29.91 percent, while Hartman earned 4,049, or 26.98 percent, with Nestor garnering 3,856, or 25.69 percent, and House taking 2,613, or 17.41 percent.

In other Randolph County races:

• David Kesling, D-Randolph, who ran unopposed for the Cheat District Randolph County Commission seat, received 6,993 votes.

“I just wanted to say thanks to all the residents of the county that supported me during the primary and general election,” Kesling said. “I’m looking forward to working with the county commissioners, the elected county officials and all the county employees to make Randolph County the best.”

• In the United State Senator race, Joe Manchin III, D-W. Va., received 4,444 votes in Randolph, besting Patrick Morrisey, R-W. Va., with 4,011 votes and Rusty Hollen, L-W. Va., with 407 votes.

• In the race for United States House of Representatives 2nd Congressional District, Alex X. Mooney, R-W. Va., edged out Talley Sergent, D-W. Va., in Randolph, 4,459 votes to 3,923 votes. Daniel Lutz Jr., L-W. Va., received 290 votes.

• In the 11th Senatorial District State Senator race, Bill Hamilton, D-W. Va., received 5,448 votes in Randolph over 3,006 votes received by Laura Finch, D-W. Va.

• In the vote for Amendment 1, the “No Right to Abortion in Constitution Measure,” 4,447 individuals voted against it in Randolph while 4,249 individuals voted for it.

• In the vote for Amendment 2, amending the constitution regarding budget reductions, 5,637 individuals voted for it while 2,452 individuals voted against it.

Randolph County’s voter turnout in the general election was 49.45 percent, with 9,023 of the 18,248 registered voters casting ballots.

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