Carmichael, Butler, Brewer, Higginbotham to legislature

By Beth Sergent -

MASON COUNTY — Incumbent State Senator Mitch Carmichael (R-Ripley) will return to Charleston in January to represent constituents in Mason County and will be joined by Incumbent Jim Butler and two newcomers in the House of Delegates.

Carmichael outlasted challenger Brian Prim (D-Fraziers Bottom) to represent the Fourth Senatorial District with 21,798 to 20,912 votes, respectively, which was a difference of only 886 votes.

In the 14th District in the House of Delegates, Butler (R-Gallipolis Ferry) defeated challenger Samantha Fooce (D-Point Pleasant) 3,728 to 2,914 votes, respectively.

In the 13th District in the House of Delegates, newcomers Scott Brewer (D) and Joshua Higginbotham (R), received 6,465 and 6,517 votes, respectively. Both Brewer and Higginbotham captured 28 percent of the votes to secure the two seats. Incumbent Michael Ihle (R) received 5,648 votes and Rosalee Juba-Plumley (D) received 4,518.

As for those newcomers, Brewer, of New Haven, is a graduate of Point Pleasant High School. In 2001, after spending 22 years working in the field, and as a member of Carpenters Local 1159 in Point Pleasant, accepted a job as a representative for the carpenters’ union. Endorsements included the WV AFL-CIO and more than twenty (20) of its affiliates representing over seventy thousand (70,000) active members, most of whom work in West Virginia. He serves on various boards including Carpenters Pension Fund of WV, Carpenters Health Fund of WV, WV Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, Mason County Development Authority, and Charleston Labor Education And Development. He’s a current member of the Union Sportsman’s Alliance (USA), Sons of the American Legion, and the Putnam County Farm Bureau.

Higginbotham is from Poca and is 19 years old. He is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and pro-coal. He grew up on a farm in rural West Virginia, the youngest of four children and the son of a union welder. He told the Point Pleasant Register he ran for the office to “help make West Virginia great again, and I want to ensure that young people in our state have the ability to succeed just as I have. No matter where you come from, regardless of your circumstance, I will give everyone the opportunity to pursue your American Dream, too.”

Here is a list of winners in races across West Virginia as reported by the Associated Press: President Donald Trump, GOP; U.S. House – District 3 Evan Jenkins (i), GOP; Governor Jim Justice, Dem; Secretary of State Mac Warner, GOP; Auditor John McCuskey, GOP; Treasurer John Perdue (i), Dem; Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt, GOP; Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (i), GOP.

(Editor’s Note: All vote totals tallied and reported to the Point Pleasant Register from the Associated Press.)

By Beth Sergent

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