POINT PLEASANT — Voters in Mason County went to the polls on Tuesday, choosing candidates in closely watched county races such as commissioner, sheriff and magistrate, as well as picking winners in state and national races.
In the race for county commissioner, Sam Nibert won the GOP ticket with 1,208 votes, followed by Matt Roush with 793 votes, Scott Cadle with 673 votes and Freddie Green with 596 votes. For the democrats, Rick Pearson won with 1,458 votes, followed by Danny Elias with 1,172 votes and Ray Varian with 893 votes.
In the race for sheriff, Incumbent Greg Powers won on the democratic ticket with 2,207 votes, followed by Marc Kearns with 1,004 votes and Jesse Raike with 474 votes. For the GOP, Curtis “Curt” McConihay won with 1,935 votes, followed by Joe Frank with 784 votes.
In the nonpartisan race for Mason County Magistrate, Division One, Incumbent Cheryl Miller Ross won with 4,866 votes, followed by John Machir with 1,713 votes. Magistrate Gail Roush in Division Two, was unopposed and received 5,926 votes. This race was decided Tuesday and does not go to the general election.
In the race for the 13th district, winning Mason County for the Democrats was Scott Brewer with 1,367 votes, followed by Marla “Dee” Ingels with 920 votes, George A. Thaxton with 421 votes and Rosalee Juba-Plumley with 153 votes. For the GOP, the winner of the 13th district in Mason County was Robert Marchal with 785 votes, followed by Incumbent Michael Ihle with 693 votes, Amanda Cadle with 317 votes, Kathie Hess Crouse with 309 votes and Joshua Kurt Higginbotham with 308 votes. The results of this race, in regards to how the rest of the 13th district voted, were not known at press time.
In the race for the 14th district, both the GOP and Democratic candidate ran unopposed with Republican Incumbent Jim Butler getting 1,545 votes and Democrat Samantha Fooce getting 1,644 votes.
In the race for state senator, 4th district, winning Mason County for the Democrats was Brian Prim with 2,652 votes, followed by Bruce Ashworth with 706 votes. In this race, winning Mason County for the GOP, Incumbent Mitch Carmichael with 1,738 votes, followed by Dustin Lewis with 1,185 votes. The results of this race, in regards to how the rest of the 4th district voted, were not known at press time.
Winning Mason County in the nonpartisan race for Justice of the Supreme Court: Darrell V. McGraw, Jr., 2,067 votes, followed by Beth Walker with 2,010 votes, William R. “Bill” Wooton with 1,264 votes, Brent Benjamin with 552 votes, Wayne King with 185 votes. The results of this race, in regards to how the rest of the state voted, were not known at press time.
Winning Mason County Circuit Court Judge for Division One, Richard Craig Tatterson, 6,134 votes. Winning Division Two Lora Dyer, 3,336 votes, followed by Kennad “Kenny” Skeen, II, 2,345 votes. Winning Division Three, Anita Harold Ashley, with 2,151 votes, followed by Seth Harper with 1,985 votes and Larry Whited with 1,129 votes. The results of these contested races, in regards to how voters in the rest of the circuit voted, were not known at press time.
Running unopposed for Family Court Judge Division One, Connie Fisher Thomas with 5,805 votes and in Division Two, Bryan S. Cromley with 5,704 votes.
Also running unopposed for the following county offices: Democrats: County Clerk, Incumbent Diana Cromley, 3,369 votes. Assessor, Incumbent Ron Hickman, 3,245 votes. Circuit Clerk, Incumbent Bill Withers, 3,346 votes. For the GOP, Prosecuting Attorney, Ronald “R.F.” Stein, Jr., 2,879 votes.
Winning the GOP vote in Mason County for president was Donald Trump with 2,484 votes, followed by John Kasich with 297 votes, Ted Cruz with 254 votes, Ben Carson with 70 votes, Jeb Bush with 63 votes, Marco Rubio with 49 votes, Mike Huckabee with 43 votes, Rand Paul with 26 votes, Chris Christie with 9 votes, Carly Fiorina with 6 votes, David E. Hall wqith 5 votes. Winning the Democrat vote in Mason County for president was Bernie Sanders with 1,769 votes, followed by Hillary Clinton with 1,221, Paul T. Farrell, Jr. with 324 votes, Keith Judd with 62 votes, Martin J. O’Malley with 39 votes, Roque Rocky De La Fuente with 13 votes. Both Trump and Sanders were declared winners of the state primaries for their respective parties.
Running unopposed for congress in the third congressional district was Evan Jenkins for the GOP, receiving 2,699 votes and Matt Detch for the Democrats who received 2,474 votes.
Winning the Democratic vote in Mason County for governor was Jim Justice with 2,165 votes, followed by Booth Goodwin with 912 votes and Jeff Kessler with 533 votes. GOP candidate Bill Cole received 2,597 votes. State results for this race were not known at press time.
Winning the Democratic votes in Mason County for secretary of state was Incumbent Natalie Tennant with 2,962 votes, followed by Patsy Trescost with 589 votes. Winning the GOP vote in Mason County for secretary of state was Barry Holsteinm, 1,934 votes followed by Mac Warner with 850 votes. State results for these races were not known at press time.
Winning the GOP vote in Mason County for treasurer was Ann Urling, 1,764 votes followed by Larry W. Faircloth at 930 votes.
Winning the Democratic vote in Mason County for auditor was Mary Ann Claytor with 2,021 votes, followed by Jason Pizatella with 705 votes and Robin Righter with 449 votes. GOP candidate for auditor John “JB” McCuskey received 2,541 votes. State results for these races were not known at press time.
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