Voters in Barbour and Tucker counties chose to keep an incumbent in the West Virginia Legislature Tuesday, as Democrat Mary Poling defeated her Republican challenger and a write-in candidate in a bid for the 47th Delegate District.
"I am anxious to continue my work for Barbour County and my new county, Tucker," she said after learning of the unofficial results, which show she will retain her seat in the House of Delegates for her seventh term. "I appreciate the support I always receive from Barbour (County) and my new constituents in Tucker County."
Poling received 3,596 votes to the late John Rose Sr.'s 2,973 votes. Totals were not available for Henry "Butch" Hoppe, who filed late last week with the Secretary of State's Office to be an official write-in candidate. There were 54 write-in votes cast in the race, but election officials did not specify if those votes all were for Hoppe or other write-in candidates.
Poling, a retired educator and chairman of the House's Education Committee, was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2000.
"I hope to remain as education chair," Poling told The Inter-Mountain. "I am grateful for my supporters and look forward to working for them."
The Republican challenger, Rose, was killed last week when he was struck by a falling tree branch while checking fences on his Barbour County farm following Superstorm Sandy.