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Candidates Look Ahead to May 10 Primary

By Staff | Mar 30, 2016

SISTERSVILLE – Eric Vincent is seeking re-election to a second six-year term as a member of the Tyler County Commission.

Vincent is the sole candidate in the Republican primary on May 10.

A native of Tyler County,Vincent is married to Connie Matheny Vincent and they have two daughters along with six grandchildren. An 1983 alumnus of Sistersville High School, Vincent earned an associate degree from West Virginia Northern Community College in business administration and a degree from the West Virginia School of Banking. Vincent has worked at WesBanco for 28 years where he currently serves as the banking center manager and assistant vice president at the bank’s branch in New Martinsville. He credits his mother Barbara Vincent, a longtime banker now retired, for his career choice.

“This is where I got my inspiration for banking,” he said.

Vincent said prayer and faith inspired his decision to run for office.

“I am running again because of answered prayer,” he said. “I believe God created my path of service to the citizens of Tyler County to preserve a higher purpose – His glory.

“I believe I can pass on the blessings He has given me using my experience in banking, my 34 years of civic involvement in the community, and the learning curve from my first term.”

Vincent asks people to vote him based on his experience and commitment to the community.

“I just ask that you become knowledgeable of the candidates, study their resumes, and then vote for who your feel is best suited for the position of county commissioner,” he said.

If re-elected, Vincent said he will continue to work toward the making sound fiscal policies based on what’s in the best interest of Tyler County.

“I am just one along with two other commissioners who work in tandem to bring the best results to the great citizens of Tyler County along with the other dedicated elected officials and their staff,” he said. “We are looking forward to continuing to bring new and innovative services to our citizens. We must continue to be steadfast in working together in the collective to maintain the safety and security of the fine people of this county. My prayer is that we can pursue it all with sound decisions, fiscal responsibility, and the love for this place we call home.”

Candidates Look Ahead to May 10 Primary

By Staff | Mar 30, 2016

SISTERSVILLE – Arnold Schoolcraft is the sole candidate in the Democratic Primary for Tyler County Commission.

The primary election will be May 10.

Schoolcraft is retired after many years of service at Precision Incorporated. He is married to Mary Lou and they have five children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Schoolcraft plans to bring enthusiasm and new ideas to the commission.

“I want to bring some different ideas to the county,” he said. “I want to try to help and improve Conway Lake and the Jug. I like the outdoors. I want get water service in the county’s more rural areas and better cellular service. I don’t know why the don’t get service out there. I want to do more to improve the county home. It needs a lot of repairs.”

Schoolcraft said he will work hard for the citizens.

“I’m going to try to work hard for the people of Tyler County to get things in here,” he said. “I want to get areas improved that people use.

“I plan to be very dedicated to public service as a county commissioner. I’m want to treat everyone with fairness and respect as best as I know how to do it.”

Schoolcraft has lived in Tyler County since the Kennedy administration, so he wants to give back to friends and neighbors.

“I like the county. I’ve lived in Tyler County since 1961 – more than 50 years,” he said. “My kids all went to Tyler County Schools and they were active in sports. My family has built a life in this county and I’d like to give back if elected as a county commissioner. If elected, I would like to get some of these projects started and see them completed. And I want to make sure that county government runs efficiently and effectively. I love Tyler County and I want the best for it. I want to do as much as I can to serve the people of this area.”