POINT PLEASANT — One Mason County resident will be on the ballot in the fall for the West Virginia House of Delegates 13th District.
Scott Brewer, D-New Haven, won the Democratic ticket with 2,780 votes. As of Wednesday afternoon, it appeared Rosalee Juba-Plumley, D-Poca, was leading George A. Thaxon, D-Cottageville, by a narrow vote count of 1,659 to 1,631, respectively. If those numbers hold true, Brewer and Juba-Pumley will be the Democratic nominees for the two seats in the 13th. Also receiving votes in Tuesday’s primary on the Democratic ticket was Marla “Dee” Ingels, D-New Haven, with 1,400 votes.
The winners on the GOP ticket in the 13th District were Joshua Kurt Higginbotham, R-Poca, and Incumbent Michael Ihle, R-Ravenwood, with vote totals of 1,808 and 1,783, respectively. Also receiving votes on the GOP ticket for the 13th District: Kathie Hess Crouse, R-Buffalo, 1,340 votes; Robert Marchal, R-Letart, 1,265 votes; Amanda Cadle, R-Nitro, 1,140 votes.
Brewer also won Mason County for the Democrats with 1,367 votes, followed by Ingels with 920 votes, Thaxton with 421 votes and Juba-Plumley with 153 votes. For the GOP, the winner of the 13th District in Mason County was Letart resident Marchal with 785 votes, followed by Ihle with 693 votes, Cadle with 317 votes, Crouse with 309 votes and Higginbotham with 308 votes.
The 13th District covers areas of Mason, Jackson and Putnam counties and is currently represented by delegates Ihle and Scott Cadle, R-Letart. Scott Cadle did not seek re-election and instead ran for Mason County Commissioner on the GOP ticket, but did not win that nomination Tuesday night.
In the race for the 14th District, both the GOP and Democratic candidate ran unopposed with Republican incumbent Jim Butler getting 1,545 votes and Democrat Samantha Fooce getting 1,644 votes. The 14th District covers a large portion of Mason County and a portion of Putnam County. Butler and Fooce will face off in the fall.
Also, in state senate races, fourth senatorial district, incumbent Mitch Carmichael won his contest against Dustin Lewis, 8,416 to 5,724 votes, respectively, in the GOP primary. Democrat Brian Prim won his contest against Bruce Ashworth, 6,969 to 4,890 votes, respectively, in the Democrat primary. The fourth senatorial district includes areas in Mason, Putnam, Roane and Jackson counties.
As for Mason County’s lone winning candidate from the 13th District, Brewer was born and raised in Point Pleasant, a 1978 graduate from Point Pleasant High School with two years technical training at Mason County Vocational Center. He immediately began working as a construction pile driver and carpenter. In 2001, after spending 22 years working in the field as a member of Carpenters Local 1159 in Point Pleasant, he accepted a job as a representative for the carpenters’ union. He says he’s had the good fortune to continue to represent working West Virginians in this capacity for the last 15-plus years.
Brewer said: “I decided to run for this office because of the dysfunctional Legislature we’ve experienced over the last two sessions. The current leadership has failed to even propose a plan for our state’s budget, which is a requirement by state code. Their lack of a plan has West Virginia teetering on a fiscal cliff, creating uncertainty in business and fear in our state’s workers and senior citizens. Our legislators wasted precious time debating insignificant issues like raw milk consumption and selling alcohol on Sunday mornings. I’ve spent 49 of my 55 years in Mason County. I have worked here, hunted and fished here, and I’m concerned about average West Virginia issues, not the concerns of special interests from Washington, D.C. Endorsed by numerous organizations including the NRA, my intent is to represent the 13th District and create good paying jobs while balancing the budget — exactly the opposite of the current Legislature.”
Unofficial district vote totals reported by the Associated Press.
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