Incumbent Republican Phil Hart was elected to his third term to the Barbour County Commission representing the Southern District Tuesday. Hart beat out Democrat Dana Booth of Belington and independent Pamela Sue "Susie" Phillips, also of Belington.
Hart has been a commissioner for 12 years and currently serves as commission president. Hart said when the first precincts began reporting in Tuesday he was behind and a bit nervous.
"We didn't know what precincts were coming in at first," he said. "It is a plus if it's one you are weak in. I was down by 10 votes, then went up by over 500."
Hart spent the evening at the courthouse watching the results come in and spoke with several other officials. Hart was congratulated by several people, including Barbour County Sheriff John Hawkins and fellow commissioners Tim McDaniel and Jedd Schola, when the final results were announced.
Hart received 2,869 votes, Booth received 2,218 and Phillips took in 571.
"I want to continue to serve the residents of Barbour County with hard work, commitment and pride," Hart said.
"I want to thank my family, the people who supported me and the ones that never did. I will work to represent them and all of Barbour County."
Hart said that during his third term he would like to go out in the community to conduct town hall meetings to help the county better prepare for disasters.
"We did better this time," Hart said in reference to Superstorm Sandy. "Each event we get better."
Phillips said she wanted to thank the people who supported her during the election.
"It was a learning experience, and I am glad I ran," she said. "Running in the future is yet to be determined."
Booth was unavailable for comment at presstime.
All results are unofficial until the canvas of the election, which is slated for Nov. 13.