Upshur County's newest commissioner called Tuesday "an emotional night," saying he appreciates how the county showed its appreciation for his long-time law enforcement service.
Republican Troy "Buddy" Brady defeated Democrat and former commissioner Stephen Abel 4,874 votes to 3,137. Brady overcame a crowded Republican field in the primary and an unsuccessful federal Hatch Act challenge to his candidacy over the summer to win the election.
Brady, a former deputy sheriff who retired in January but was allowed to work part-time to finish investigating his existing case, served more than 36 years in law enforcement in the county.
"You hope after 36 and a half years in law enforcement that (the voters) appreciate what you've done in the community, how you handled yourself and treated people," he said.
Brady said he hopes to bring more manufacturing jobs into Upshur County, giving today's youth a place to work that has good benefits, good pay and a good retirement. But that will be a task he knows he cannot do alone.
"It takes more than just one person to do that," he said. He said he will be spending the next few weeks bringing himself up to speed on the issues confronting the county commission.
"We see eye-to-eye on some things, and on some things we don't," Brady said. "I will vote on what is best for the citizens of Upshur County."
More than 8,300 voters cast their ballots in Tuesday's election, which represents 59 percent of all registered voters. The county will canvass the election at 8:30 a.m., Nov. 13.
In other races, Jake Reger, a Republican, received 6,933 votes in his unopposed bid to remain the county's prosecuting attorney. Helen Phillips, a Republican, received 6,928 votes in her unopposed bid for assessor.
Republicans Mike Coffman and Juanita Adams received 6,077 votes and 5.261 votes in their reelection campaign for magistrate. There were two positions up for election.
Democrat Donna Sue Matthews received 5,567 votes in her unopposed bid for county surveyor.