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Heasley, Clements Will Face Off For Commission Seat

By Staff | May 11, 2016

Lisa Heasley will face off against Charles Clements in November for a seat on the Wetzel County Commission.

Unopposed Republican Charles Clements garnered 1,164 votes in the primary race May 10, while Heasley gathered 1,416. Current New Martinsville Mayor Keith Nelsen was not too far behind Heasley though, gathering 1,112 votes while Steve Pallisco received 945 votes.

Another important race, for sheriff, was won by current Chief Deputy, Mike Koontz. Koontz won 2,200 votes, while James Hoskins trailed at 894 votes. Mark Eller garnered 485 votes.

Warren Grace, Jr., Amy Cooley, and Bill Jones each took a seat in the race for board of education. Grace garnered 3,215 votes, while Cooley received 3,037, and Jones gathered 3,154. Candidate Christie Priem garnered 1,527 votes, while Incumbent Carolyn Gatian received 1,386 votes.

Incumbent Magistrate Judith Goontz (Division Two) retained her position with 2,890 votes. Billie Zimmerman garnered 546 votes, while Lisa Yoho received 1,412 votes.

Wetzel County Commission Vice President Bob Gorby, Commissioner Don Mason, and Commission Vice President Larry Lemon wait at the Wetzel County Courthouse as the county's election results come in. This is Mason's last primary election as a county commissioner, as he is retiring in December. (Photo by Lauren Matthews)

In the race for Wetzel County Circuit Clerk, Lori McCoy captured the seat with 2,665 votes. Cindy Glasscock trailed behind with 787 votes.

Incumbent Wetzel County Assessor Scott Lemley kept his position, garnering 2,548 votes, while Eric Burke received 981 votes.

In the race for Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge, Jeffrey Cramer garnered 2,864 votes out of Wetzel County, while John Artimez received 1,827.

Incumbent Delegate Dave Pethtel garnered 3,019 votes and will face off in November’s general election against Phillip Wiley, who received 1,172.

Allen Rush captured the title of Conservation District Supervisor, with 2,589 votes. Howard Henderson trailed behind with 1,913.

New Martinsville’s municipal race was also on the primary ballot.

Steven A. Bohrer will be the city’s next mayor. Bohrer received 877 votes, while Jeff Wright trailed behind with 640 votes. Frances Headley received 173 votes, while Jeff Montgomery received 164.

First Ward Councilman Jeremy Shepherd and Sixth Ward Councilwoman Iris Isaacs were unopposed in each of their races for re-election. Shepherd took in 126 votes, while Isaacs received 376 votes.

Incumbent Doris Fannin did not run for re-election to the Fifth Ward council seat. Joel Potts ran unopposed and received 264 votes.

Vote totals for uncontested county races were as follows: Prosecutor Timothy Haught, 3,035; Magistrate Tom Shepherd (Division One), 4,223; Surveyor Henry Parsons, 3,026; County Clerk Carol Haught, 3,063.

These totals are still unofficial as the votes will be canvassed.