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Residents react to election results

November 8, 2012
By Katie Kuba - Senior Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

As the dust settled in the aftermath of Tuesday's general election, citizens reacted to the results across the nation and in north-central West Virginia.

The Inter-Mountain hit the streets Wednesday to find out who was happy and who was less than enthusiastic about the results of county, state and national races.

Barbour County resident Rachel Blackburn was worried. Blackburn is a kindergarten and first-grade teacher at Volga Century Elementary School in Barbour County, but after the failure of the bond call and excess levy there, she's not sure how much longer she'll maintain that position.

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"They're going to close our school," Blackburn said Wednesday afternoon. "I don't think people were educated enough about the change. I just don't think in the community they are aware of the circumstances and consequences. It's a bigger tax, but we have a son who goes to school in Randolph County, and this is the first year we didn't have to pay for school lunches because of the levy that passed."

Blackburn said maintenance projects, such as putting a new roof on her school, will likely be tossed out the window.

"And it's not just our school that's going to be affected," Blackburn said, citing the possible closure of Mt. Vernon Elementary School as another consequence of the levy and bond failure.

However, 23-year-old Belington resident Nick Habick said he was happy about at least one result - the re-election of President Barack Obama.

"I believe in him," Habick said. "I've done research about him, and I really like that he owned up to his faults in one of his State of the Union addresses. You can tell he's real, and I really think he can do well for our country. The Republicans in Congress block him a lot of the time, and if they would stop doing that, he would get more of the things done he's said he would do."

Habick said he didn't base his vote on the state economy, but rather, on the national economy.

"If the rest of the country does well, we're going to do well," he said.

David Wright, of Crystal Springs, was similarly "thrilled" with the re-election of the president.

"I think he just needed another term to get the economy back on track," Wright remarked.

"After eight years of the (former President George W.) Bush debacle, when my savings was depleted and my 401K was crushed, it's going to take a little more time."

But some residents - including Barry Key of Mill Creek - felt Obama's win was their loss.

"It sucked, but I knew it was going to happen," Key said of Obama's re-election. "It's going to kill coal mining, and that's the only place you can make any kind of money in West Virginia. And (the) natural gas (industry) hasn't hired anyone in over a month because they were waiting to see what happened with the election."

Billie Davis, of Marlinton, cited similar coal industry related concerns when explaining why she was unhappy about another four years of the Obama administration.

"With Obama winning, I think that our state is going to see a big hurting on the economy and on my family's coal mines," she said. Prior to Obama taking office, coal mines and coal miners were "doing pretty good," but that's since changed with the laws and regulations that have been implemented under his watch, Davis said.

Kenneth Morrison, of Kerens, was also among those who were dissatisfied with the results of the presidential election. Morrison, a staunch Romney supporter, called the former governor "a better man for our country."

"I don't think (Obama) has done anything for us, I think it's all about himself," Morrison said. Morrison said he disagrees with the president's pro-choice stance and has reservations about what his next move will be in the Middle East.

"He's in favor of abortion, and I'm afraid he's going to turn his back on Israel," Morrison said.

"One of the main things that upset me was Obamacare. I have private insurance, and it's gone up $200 a month for the last few months." Morrison said he's been told the premium hike happened because insurance companies "are running scared" as a consequence of the new legislation.

But Americans must make the best of what they have, he added.

"We got what we got, so we've just got to hope and pray it works out," he said.

Election results remain unofficial until each county completes a canvass of the votes.

Canvasses must be completed and submitted to the W.Va. Secretary of State's Office by Dec. 6.

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