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Primary Election Brings Few Surprises
With 60 of 71 precincts counted, a mere 40 votes separated four magistrate candidates. Ron Baumgardner , the appointed incumbent, finished with 1,084. Gregory Lawson had 990, Johnny Ray Rice 978, and Opel Sanders 958.
The Cabell County Board of Education race came down to "district" totals and current board members. District 4 had one seat available, since Garland Parsons remains on the board from that district, so only ONE candidate from it could be elected. Rhonda Smalley received 3,766 and current Huntington city council co-chairman, Scott Caserta tallied 3,473. Mary Neely was re-elected to her seat and received the highest total, 3,898. Long time Civil War enthusiast and activist, Karen Nance won the other open seat with 3,622.
The levy for the Board of Education passed by a 70-30% margin.
Former Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles retained his judgeship. Challenger Cheryl Henderson held a 294-261 lead with 14% of the vote counted, but Chiles took control thereafter. holding a 1,199 to 758 lead with 42% counted. At the final total, Chiles soundly prevailed 2-1 ( 3,671 to 1,881).
The legislative races provided little suspense, but some new faces will likely go to Charleston following the November face off.
Mike Woelfel bested Robert Alexander 75% to 25% on the Democratic side, while Vicki Dunn-Marshall , an unchallenged Republican, vie for Evan Jenkins Fifth District State Senate Seat. Jenkins, who turned Republican, takes on incumbent Nick Rahall in the Third Congressional District.
The 16th House of Delegates district had five challenging for three Republican positions. Incumbent Carol Miller received 1,049 votes followed by Patrick Lucas 776 and Dale Anderson II 527. They will face Joe Morgan, Sean Hornbuckle , and Lauren Plymale.
Incumbent Kelli Sobonya (R) faces Billy J. Chaffin II who bested Joe Hutchinson by a two to one margin in the 18th district. Republicans Joyce Holland and Matthew Rohrbach face Democratic incumbents Dale Stevens and Doug Reynolds in the 17th District.
The Wayne County delegate race saw two Democrats -- incumbent incumbent Don Perdue and Ken Hicks --- finished one and two by a margin of 37 votes. had no Republican opposition in the primary.
The County Commission race will see Marie Redd challenging Republican incumbent Nancy Cartmill in November. Neither faces challenges in the primary.
The primary campaign ended tonight and you can view a collection of candidate photos with their supporters below.