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Voters select new magistrates; Gissy wins sheriff’s race

November 7, 2012
By Melissa Toothman - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Two new faces will serve as Lewis County magistrates after winning seats in Tuesday's election.

Republican incumbent James D. "Dan" Moody was defeated, garnering only 2,620 votes as opposed to Roger D. "Rob" Clem, Jr.'s 3,953 votes and Michael "Mike" Gissy's 3,252 votes.

Sharon Hull, the county's other incumbent magistrate, is retiring and did not seek re-election.

"I want to thank the voters of Lewis County for their confidence in me," Clem said, "and I want to thank the people that went out on a limb to help me with this candidacy because I couldn't have done it alone."

Clem said his goals as magistrate will be to listen to the people's concerns and make fair and equal judgments.

"I will be tough on the criminal activity in Lewis County," Clem said. "I want to be able to work with all the entities to make it a better place for families and kids to live."

Gissy is finishing his second term as the Lewis County sheriff. He said he hopes that he can stay with the magistrate system.

"It certainly stays involved within the court system. I've been in the legal system by choice for many years," Gissy said, "I feel very confident that I can handle the position."

Additionally, Gissy's son ran for sheriff in this year's election. Lewis County residents will have a new face with a similar name in the sheriff's office, as Democrat challenger Adam Gissy defeated Republican opponent David L. Doak.

"I'm very humbled, very blessed and truly excited about taking the oath of office for sheriff," Adam Gissy said, "and, hopefully, bringing the sheriff's department into the future. I can't express how thankful I am, and how I am looking forward to serving the people of Lewis County."

Gissy will remain a sergeant with the Sutton Police Department until assuming the job of sheriff in January. By a vote of 3,458 to 2,798, Gissy defeated Doak, a retired state police trooper.

"I just saw some of the challenges that we're facing in the community," Adam Gissy said. This is his first run for public office, and he will serve a four-year term as sheriff.

"I thought I'd throw my name in the hat and make Lewis County better," Gissy said.

After the last of Tuesday's results were in, Doak spoke about the race.

"This was my one and only (election campaign)," said the Jane Lew resident of his first bid for public office. "That was the only job I was wanting. It was the only position I was wanting. I don't intend to run again."

Michael C. Smith, a Democrat, will serve as the prosecuting attorney in Lewis County. Smith, who has been practicing law in Weston, secured 3,162 votes in the election, while Christina C. Flanigan, a Republican attorney practicing at Nanners and Willett of Buckhannon, received 3,015 votes.

'I promised the voters I would be a tough but fair prosecutor, and I will keep my promise," Smith said.

Retiring incumbent Gary Morris did not seek re-election.

Many candidates awaited the election results at the Lewis County Courthouse, including Democrat Agnes Queen of Weston, who said she is happy to continue serving as a county commissioner. She received 4,038 votes, while her Republican challenger, Rocky Shackleford of Camden, garnered 2,147 votes.

"I'm very excited the citizens of Lewis County have confidence in the job that I am doing for them. I'm looking forward to continuing to work for the citizens of Lewis County to help our county grow in a positive way," Queen said. "I would like to thank the citizens of Lewis County for their continued support."

Queen is entering her second six-year term as commissioner.

In uncontested Lewis races, Democrat T. Chad Kelley of Jane Lew ran unopposed as assessor. It will be his first complete term, after being appointed to complete the term of the late Gary Smith.

Democrat incumbent Mary R. Hogan of Weston was re-elected as surveyor.

More than 6,400 voters in Lewis County cast ballots Tuesday, representing 69 percent of the county's registered voters. Canvassing of the results will be held Nov. 13.



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