POINT PLEASANT — The phone calls have stopped and the political mail has ceased, as the 2018 General Election finally arrived across the country and in Mason County.
There were two closely-watched races for county offices, including Mason County Circuit Clerk and Mason County Commission.
In the race for Circuit Clerk, Elizabeth Jones (R) received 4,695 votes while Circuit Clerk Suzi Caldwell (D), received 3,475 votes.
In the county commissioner’s race, Incumbent Tracy Sturgeon Doolittle (R) held on to her seat, winning a second term with 5,633 votes. The late Pauletta Randolph King, who was the democratic challenger, received 2,422 votes. Had King won, a democrat would’ve been appointed to the office.
The following races reflect only votes counted in Mason County:
U.S. Senate: Incumbent Joseph Manchin, III (D), Fairmont, 4,254. Patrick Morrisey (R), Harpers Ferry, 3,782. Rusty Hollen (LB), Clarksburg, 288.
U.S. House of Representatives, Congressional District 3: Richard Ojeda, II, (D), Holden, 3,734. Carol Miller (R), Huntington, 4,416.
State Senate, Senatorial District 4: Eric J. Tarr (R), Scott Depot, 3,024. Brian Prim (D), Fraziers Bottom, 2,926. Amy Nichole Grady (No Affiliation), Leon, 2,291.
House of Delegates, District 13: Incumbent Scott Brewer (D), New Haven, 1,989. Scott Cadle (R), Letart, 2,138. Incumbent Joshua Kurt Higginbotham (R), Poca, 1,409. Todd Mullins (I), Leon, 1,039.
House of Delegates, District 14: Incumbent Jim Butler (R), Gallipolis Ferry, 2,537. Brianne Solomon (D), Culloden, 1,695.
Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia Division 1: Mark Hunt, Charleston, 2,119; Chris Wilkes, Martinsburg, 148; Hiram “Buck” Lewis, IV, Procious, 251; Joanna I. Tabit, Charleston, 1,277; Jeff C. Woods, Nitro, 307; Harry C. “Bo” Bruner, Jr., Charleston, 150; Ronald H. Hatfield, Jr., Huntington, 1,095; Tim Armstead, Elkview, 1,625; Robert H. Carlton, Williamson, 98; D.C. Offutt, Jr., Barboursville, 323.
Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia Division 2: Jim Douglas, Charleston, 1,005; William Stewart Thompson, Madison, 264; Jeffrey Kessler, Glen Dale, 402; Jim O’Brien, Wheeling, 154; Brenden D. Long, Hurricane, 658; William Schwartz, Charleston, 106; Robert J. Frank, Lewisburg, 113; Dennise Renee Smith, Charleston, 636; Evan Jenkins, Huntington, 4,087; Marty “Redshoes” Sheehan, Wheeling, 172.
Amendment No. 1: No Constitutional right to abortion Amendment – For: 4,322; Against: 3,777.
Amendment No. 2: Judicial Budget Oversight Amendment – For: 5,193; Against: 2,412.
According to Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley and staff, of Mason County’s 18,074 registered voters, 8,480 cast their ballots which equated to a voter turnout of 46.9 percent.