Weigle Elected as Sheriff
MIDDLEBOURNE — Political newcomer Brian Weigle defeated a trio of rivals to be elected as Tyler County Sheriff in Tuesday’s general election.
Republican Eric Vincent was re-elected to a second term by defeating Democrat Arnold Schoolcraft.
Weigle captured 2,615 votes or about 71 percent of the ballots cast to defeat Democrat Trevor Tallman, who took in 924 votes or about 25 percent of the ballots cast and two write-in candidates — Mike Huffman (132 votes) and Steve Chaplin (4 votes) — nearly 4 percent of the ballots cast.
Vincent garnered 2,442 votes or about 68 percent of the ballots cast while Schoolcraft got 1,138 votes or nearly 32 percent of the ballots cast.
Pending Monday’s canvass, the results are unofficial.
Weigle is a lifelong citizen of Tyler County and has been employed by Mon Power with 10 years of services. A lifetime farmer, Weigle is involved with many organizations in the area including West Virginia Angus Association, the West Virginia Farm Bureau, the Solid Waste Authority of Tyler County, the Alma Volunteer Fire Department, Tyler County Fair Association and Middle Island Harvest Festival’s Board of Directors.
“I need to thank everyone for their support in this election,” Weigle said. “I will fulfill my duty as sheriff. It will be an honor to work with the people of Tyler County.”
An 1983 alumnus of Sistersville High School, 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 is active on many boards and organizations in the community.
“I want to thank the great citizens of Tyler County,” Vincent said. “Once again, it will be a privilege to serve as your county commissioner.”
Republican Roger Romine won re-election for the 6th District House of Delegates in Tuesday’s general election.
Romine garnered votes 4,755 votes or 74 percent of the ballots cast compared to Democrat Chris Combs’ 1,700 votes or 26 percent of the ballots. Pending the outcome of Monday’s canvass, the results are unofficial.
The 6th District is comprised of parts of Tyler, Doddridge and Pleasants counties.
Romine of West Union, a retired educator and school administrator, was first elected to the House in 2000. He is the vice chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and serves on the Education, Energy, Interstate Cooperation and Senior Issues committees.
Other local races of note include Republican Neil A. Archer II, who won election as county clerk. No Democrat filed as a candidate for that race. Archer garnered 3,373 votes.
Repubican Jack Hayes was the sole candidate for assessor. No Democrat filed as a candidate in that race. Hayes got 3,291
Republican Mike Maroney, Democrat Lisa Zukoff and Libertarian candidate H. John Rogers are seeking election for 2nd Senatorial District. Maroney garnered 22,721 votes or 54 percent of the ballots cast while Zukoff got 15,005 votes or 36 percent of the votes cast while Rogers garnered 4,116 votes or 10 percent of the ballots cast.
Republican Luke Furbee won his bid for re-election as prosecuting attorney. No Democrat filed as a candidate in that race. Furbee had 3,213 votes.
Republican Candy Warner won her race for circuit clerk. No Democrat filed as a candidate in that race. Warner garnered 3,330 votes.
Roy D. Haught won his write-in campaign for surveyor with 157 votes.
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump won 2,967 votes or about 81 percent of the ballots cast while Democrat Hillary Clinton took in 505 votes or nearly 14 percent of the ballots cast for that race in Tyler County. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson garnered 102 votes or less than one percent of the ballots cast while Jill Stein of Mountain Party took in 25 votes and Darrell L. Castle of the Constitution Party garnered 38 votes collectively they both had slightly more than one percent of the ballots cast.
Republican David McKinley won re-election to another term in U.S. Congress representing the 1st Congressional District. McKinley won 2,860 votes or about 82 percent to Democrat Mike Manypenny’s 608 votes or about 18 percent of the ballot cast.
In the governor’s race, Republican Billl Cole won 1,952 votes or about 54 percent of the ballots cast while Democrat Jim Justice took in 1,441 votes or about 40 percent of the ballots cast. Libertarian David Moran garnered 62 votes (about 2 percent) while Mountain Party candidate Charlotte Pritt won 146 votes (4 percent) and Constitutional Party candidate Phil Hudok took in 30 votes (less than one percent).
Republican Mac Warner garnered 2,061 votes (nearly 59 percent) to Democrat Natalie Tennant’s 1,311 votes (about 38 percent) and Libertarian candidate John Buckley at 123 votes (less than 4 percent) in their race for state Secretary of State.
Republican John McCuskey garnered 2,335 votes (about 70 percent) while Democrat Mary Ann Claytor took in 824 votes (about 25 percent) and Libertarian candidate Brenton Ricketts captured 166 votes (about 5 percent) in their bid for state Auditor.
Republican Ann Urling garnered 1,739 votes (52 percent) while Democrat John Perdue got 1,394 votes (about 42 percent) and Libertarian Michael Young had 208 votes (about 6 percent) in their bid for state Treasurer.
Republican Kent Leonhardt took in 2,351 votes (about 68 percent) while Democrat Walt Helmick took in 845 votes (around 25 percent) and Libertarian Buddy Guthrie garnered 245 votes (about 7 percent) in their bid for state Commissioner of Agriculture.
Republican Patrick Morrisey garnered 2,053 votes (about 59 percent) while Democrat Doug Reynolds took in 1,232 votes (about 35 percent) and Libertarian Karl Kolenich won 128 votes (less than four percent) and Mountain Party candidate Michael Sharley garnered 85 votes (less than 3 percent) in their bid for state Attorney General.