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November 3, 2010

Ridgeley mayor Lechliter upsets incumbent county commissioner

— KEYSER, W.Va. — Republican Richard Lechliter defeated incumbent Democrat Wayne Spiggle for a seat on the Mineral County Commission, according to complete but unofficial election results announced Tuesday night.

Lechliter captured 4,437 votes to Spiggle’s 3,698, with all precincts reporting and ballots counted by 10 p.m.

“I thank God for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Mineral County,” Lechliter said. “I know they expect me to work hard, which I plan to do. I ask for their prayers and for their comments, to keep me straight.”

Lechliter is now in his third year serving as mayor of Ridgeley, and said he plans to continue in that office through June 2011, which is allowed by state code.

Mineral County voters also finalized the election of two local officials who faced no challengers in their races. They were Republican Krista Dixon, New Creek, for circuit clerk, and Republican Lauren Ellifritz, Keyser, for county clerk.

In state races, Mineral voters supported Republican Gary Howell over Democrat Charles Messick 56 percent to 44 percent for the District 49 seat in the House of Delegates.

Mineral voters supported Republican incumbent Ruth Rowan over Democrat challenger Alan Davis by 72.5 percent to 27 percent.

Both those races are affected by voters in other counties, and complete returns were not available late Tuesday.

Incumbent Democrat Allen Evans faced no opposition for re-election to his District 48 seat.

Mineral voters also decisively approved the continuation of excess levies to help fund fire and ambulance operations in the county, voting 78 percent and 76 percent in favor of continuing those taxes, respectively.

Contact Megan Miller at mmiller@times-news.com.

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