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Races decided in Grant, Hardy, Pendleton, Pocahontas

November 7, 2012
By Casey Houser - Staff Writer (chouser@theintermountain.com) , The Inter-Mountain

Editor's note: Vote totals for these counties are available on Page A7.

A mix of incumbents and newcomers in Grant, Hardy, Pendleton and Pocahontas counties has been elected to political office after Tuesday's general election, although results remain unofficial until canvassing.

In Hardy County:

Incumbent Democrat Wm. Jr. Keplinger of Moorefield defeated Republican Hunter Williams of Fisher in the race for the County Commission seat for the South Fork District.

Incumbents Republican Craig A. Hose of Moorefield and Democrat Shawna M. Crites of Moorefield have retained their seats as county magistrates, defeating Democrat William "Buck" Koontz of Moorefield.

Incumbent Democrat Lucas See of Moorefield retained his seat as prosecuting attorney in an uncontested race.

Democrat Bryan C. Ward of Moorefield has been elected as sheriff. The race also was uncontested.

Incumbent Democrat Jim B. Wratchford has been re-elected as assessor. He didn't face a challenger.

Democrat David W. Jopling has been elected as surveyor in another uncontested race.

In Pocahontas County:

Democrat Dolan Irvine of Marlinton defeated Republican Lloyd Arbogast of Buckeye in the race for a County Commission seat for the Southern District.

Eugene Simmons of Hillsboro defeated Democrat Donna Meadows Price of Marlinton and has been elected as prosecuting attorney.

Incumbent Republican David R. Jonese of Green Bank defeated Democrat Kenneth "Buster" Varner of Durbin and has been re-elected as sheriff.

Democrat Tom Lane of Marlinton defeated Republican Scott Triplett of Hillsboro and has been elected as assessor.

In the race for county magistrate positions, Republican Cynthia Broce-Kelley of Marlinton and Democrat Carrie E. Wilfong of Marlinton defeated Republican Joel Strodes of Marlinton and incumbent Democrat Janet Kershner-Vanover of Hillsboro.

Incumbent Democrat Brian Lee Beverage of Marlinton defeated Republican Rodney Gardner of Durbin and has been elected as surveyor.

In Pendleton County:

For the sheriff's race, Republican Donald L. Hedrick of Franklin defeated Democrat Gregory Chambers of Franklin and independent Harlan W. Kimble of Upper Tract.

Incumbent Democrat Andrew "Andy" Hinkle of Riverton and Democrat Kevin E. Puffenberger of Upper Tract have been elected as county magistrates. They didn't race any challengers.

Democrat Randy Roberson of Franklin has been elected as county commissioner for the Central District.

Democrat Kevin C. Sponaugle of Franklin has been elected as prosecuting attorney in an uncontested race.

Democrat Carolyn Bible Sponaugle of Franklin has been elected as assessor. She didn't have a challenger.

No official candidates filed for county surveyor. However, 59 write-in votes were cast.

In Grant County:

Incumbents Republican Willard L. "Boog" Earle II from Maysville and Larry W. Ours from Petersburg have been re-elected as county magistrates.

Incumbent Republican James C. "Jim" Cole has been re-elected to a County Commission seat in the Milroy District.

He is from Petersburg, and the race was uncontested.

Republican Jeffrey Roth, of Petersburg, has been elected as prosecuting attorney. He didn't have a challenger.

Incumbent Republican Emory "Bill" Feaster, of Petersburg, has been re-elected as sheriff. The race was uncontested.

Incumbent Republican Ralph G. Layton, of Maysville, has been re-elected as assessor. The race also was uncontested.

Republican Mark Geary has been elected as surveyor. He is from Petersburg, and he didn't face a challenger.

 
 

 

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