— ROMNEY, W.Va. — Unofficial election tallies show that incumbents Gerald Mathias and Jean Shoemaker will remain on the Hampshire County Board of Education.
Incumbent Jim Breinig lost his seat to John Ward Jr.
Ward was the biggest vote-getter with 1,608, followed by Mathias with 1,174 and Shoemaker with 1,020.
John Dan Sitar garnered 894 votes and Breinig ended up with 760.
Ward, a self-employed contractor, said, “I was humbled and flattered. The campaign I ran was on better communication in our county. I think by leaps and
bounds the community responded to that message.
“Over the next four years I want to improve the communication between the board and our teachers, our school administration, service personnel and parents.”
Mathias, who is the current board president, said he was thankful and grateful to the people for sending him back for the third time.
“I want to continue working for our students and staff as I have in the past and would like to increase parental involvement,” Mathias said.
“We are trying to come up with a small special levy for repairs and security issues on our buildings. Many of our school buildings have leaking roofs and are in need of maintenance. We hope the voters of Hampshire County will approve a levy.”
Mathias said if the situation regarding the condition of the schools is explained to the voters he feels a levy would be passed.
Following the tally Tuesday evening, Shoemaker said, “It’s good to be able to continue working with the board members. We have made many changes in the past and there are more ahead.
“My job is not finished. I’m not a quitter.”
Speaking of new member Ward, Shoemaker said, “It is good to have someone from that area on the board.”
Ward is from Capon Bridge and will begin his four-year term July 1.