Mike Taylor secured a second six years of public service on the Randolph County Commission Tuesday night.
According to unofficial results, the incumbent Democratic incumbent and Elkins native defeated Republican challenger Mike House, of Kerens, by 1,840 votes. Taylor amassed 5,453 votes, or 57.84 percent of those cast, to House's 3,613 votes, or 38.32 percent.
Taylor, the current Randolph County Commission president, will continue to represent the Cheat District alongside fellow Commissioners Chris See and Joyce Johns.
Taylor has one county commission term under his belt, having been elected in 2006.
Taylor said he was grateful for the support of family, friends and the voters who chose him.
"We've been working hard the last year-and-a-half campaigning, and we've had a tremendous amount of support from friends and family," Taylor remarked after the results came in. "I'm very, very humbled by the wide margin of victory, and I will continue to work for the betterment of all of Randolph County. I sincerely appreciate the support of everyone who came out and voted for me."
So, what's at the top of Taylor's list as he begins his second term in January?
"One of the biggest things is the potential purchase of the armory - along with other agencies like the (Randolph County) Development Authority," he said.
House said he knew it would be "an uphill battle" running against an incumbent, but given that this was his first foray into politics, he was pleased with the outcome. He also hinted that he wasn't ready to give up on running for public office.
"Folks have a lot of concerns throughout the county, and I'm trying to get answers to some of these things," House said. "I want to thank the people in the community who supported me. It was great to be out there and talking to them. And (the commission) is going to hear more from me. I don't go away."
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