From Staff Reports
KEYSER, W.Va. — Mineral County residents will be served by both a new county commissioner and sheriff following Tuesday’s general election.
Republican Jerry Whisner upset incumbent Commissioner Cindy Pyles with 59 percent of the vote, according to complete but unofficial results for all 31 precincts tallied by elections officials as of 3 a.m. Wednesday, as displayed on the West Virginia Secretary of State’s website. Whisner garnered 6,310 votes to Pyles’ 4,372, which was about 41 percent.
Jeremy Taylor, also a Republican, beat out Sheriff Craig Fraley by a narrower margin with 53 percent of the vote. Taylor brought in 5,721 votes to Fraley’s 4,978, or about 47 percent.
Magistrates David Harman, Republican, and Sue Roby, Democrat, retained their seats. Challenger Damon Tillman, Republican, had 4,732 or close to 30 percent of the votes. Harman (5,736) was top vote-getter with 36 percent and Roby (5,441) followed with 34 percent.
Republican Prosecuting Attorney James “Jay” Courrier ran unopposed, retaining his seat with 9,078 votes.
Republican Assessor Rose Ann Maine ran unopposed, retaining her seat with 8,835 votes.
In the 54th District for House of Delegates, Republican Allen Evans ran unopposed, receiving 1,798 votes out of six precincts statewide.
In the 56th District, incumbent Republican Gary Howell won out over challenger Jim Maybury with 62 percent of the votes. Howell garnered 4,416 votes to Maybury’s 2,626 votes out of 22 precincts statewide.
In the 57th District, incumbent Republican Ruth Rowan retained her seat with about 71 percent of the votes, compared to challenger Joe Moreland, who received about 25 percent of the vote. Rowan garnered 1,045 votes to Moreland’s 366 votes out of three precincts statewide.
The votes will be canvassed following the Mineral County Commission meeting Tuesday.