POINT PLEASANT — With 10,382 ballots cast in Tuesday’s general election, voters in Mason County not only set a record when it came to voter turnout, but also decided several county races.
In the race for Mason County Commission, Sam Nibert (R), defeated challenger Rick Pearson (D) 6,319 to 3,686 votes, respectively.
On his win, Nibert thanked his family and the voters for the support.
“I’m excited about this,” Nibert said. “I’m looking forward to starting 2017 with a new voice for the citizens of Mason County on the county commission.”
Nibert said among his top priorities were infrastructure needs, education and safety.
In the race for Mason County Sheriff, incumbent Greg Powers (D), defeated challenger Curtis “Curt” McConihay (R) 6,364 to 3,691 votes, respectively.
On his win, Powers said: “I appreciate everyone’s support and we at the sheriff’s department will continue to do what we’ve been doing for the last four years. I’m tickled to death to be with this department for another term.”
In the race for Mason County Assessor, incumbent Ron Hickman (D) defeated challenger Mark “Sparky” Villars (Independent) 7,724 to 1,911 votes, respectively.
On his win, Hickman said: “I want to thank everyone for their support and prayers and look forward to working as the assessor for the next four years.”
In uncontested, county races, incumbent Diana Cromley (D), received 8,882 votes for county clerk; incumbent Bill Withers (D) received 8,853 votes for circuit clerk; Ronald “RF” Stein, Jr. (R) received 8,996 votes for county prosecutor.
Cromley said there were 3,420 ballots cast during the early voting period which meant setting another voter record when it came to turnout. There are around 18,000 registered voters in Mason County. Cromley reported there were 202 absentee ballots and around 120 provisional ballots. The canvas of the election results is at 9 a.m., Monday.
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