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Campbell, Hartman re-elected to House of Delegates

November 7, 2012
By Casey Houser Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Incumbent Democrat Denise L. Campbell of Elkins and incumbent Democrat Bill Hartman of Elkins have been elected to the House of Delegates 43rd District seats, defeating Republican challenger Donna Auvil of Elkins.

Also Tuesday, incumbent Republican Clark Barnes of Beverly defeated Democrat Margaret Kerr Beckwith of Elkins for the 11th District seat in the West Virginia State Senate.

In the delegate race, after the election results were announced, Campbell, who has served one term, commented on the race.

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"It's a great feeling. I'm honored and proud to see that the county has supported me," she said. "You want to be out there listening to concerns of people and do everything you can for them."

Hartman has served five terms as a delegate. He expressed his happiness about being re-elected Tuesday and spoke about the need for cooperation.

"It's good to get the appreciation of Randolph County citizens," Hartman said. "I'm happy.

"We need to find some middle ground," he said, commenting on his desire to work across party lines. "I want to see West Virginia prosper and grow."

This is Auvil's first bid for the House. She was in good spirits following the final ballot count.

"I was very pleased, this being my first time running for office," Auvil said. "I'm humbled by the number of votes I got."

For the future, she said she will spend time with her family and may consider a second campaign in the next delegate election.

In the 11th District race, Barnes was vying for his third term in the Senate. He said reigning in reckless spending, completing Corridor H and dealing with overcrowded prisons are major concerns.

He spoke about the need for prescription drugs to be made less easily available to those intending to create illegal substances.

Beckwith was running for public office for the first time. She said she championed the ideas of public service, improved public education and access to health care.

She also said people who are empowered to represent their interests can look toward a brighter future.



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