POINT PLEASANT — Winners emerged from last night’s primary election in Mason County with one of the most closely watched races being the three open seats on the school board.
Incumbents Dale Shobe and Greg Fowler both emerged as winners for two of the three seats with Shobe getting 1,297 votes and Fowler getting 1,621 votes. Jared Billings will be the new face on the school board and received 1,212 votes. Shobe, Fowler and Billings start their four-year terms on July 1. Other vote totals for school board were Mickey Whalen with 1,239 votes; Martin W. Zirkle with 965 votes; N. Jason Andrick with 759 votes. Though Whalen technically received more votes than Billings, he was running in a different district than Billings. Whalen was running in the same district as Shobe and Fowler and there can only be two winners in the district.
Other races which were being closely watched were those for state delegate, particularly in the 13th district. In Mason County, for the Republicans, Incumbent Scott Cadle received the most votes with 567, followed by Michael Ihle with 310, Nathan “Nate” Westfall with 68 and Tim Gibson with 43. In the race for the 13th district for the Democrats, Joshua Martin was the top vote getter in Mason County with 419 votes, followed by Josh McGrath with 357 votes and Rosalee Juba-Plumley with 225 votes.The final results of the race for delegate in the 13th district was not known at press time.
Running unopposed for the 14th district was Republican Jim Butler with 658 votes and Democrat Johnny Roach with 719 votes.
Also, County Commissioner Rick Handley, who was running unopposed, received 1,318 votes.
Other results were as follows:
In the Democratic race for U.S. Senate, Mason County voters gave Natalie Tennant 1,262 votes, followed by David B. Wamsley with 166 votes and Dennis Melton with 88 votes. In the Republican race for U.S. Senate, Mason County gave Shelley Moore Capito 1,241 votes, followed by Matthew Dodrill with 83 votes and Larry Eugene Butcher with 46 votes. Both Tennant and Capito were projected winners of these state-wide races at press time and are expected to face off in the fall.
In the Democratic race for the U.S. House of Representatives, Nick J. Rahall received 1,245 votes while Richard Ojeda, II, received 279 votes in Mason County. Republican challenger Even Jenkins received 1,084 votes in Mason County. Both Rahall and Jenkins will face off in the fall in the third congressional district.
Incumbent State Sen. Mike Hall, who is running unopposed, received 1,168 votes from the GOP in Mason County.
Due to press times, the results from races for state and county executive committees will appear in the next print edition of the Point Pleasant Register and can currently be viewed online at www.mydailyregister.com