Last updated: July 17. 2013 5:32PM - 327 Views
L.E. Keeney III
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The 2006 election is finally over in Boone County, and county voters have spoken. As in other races the voters seemed to overwhelmingly favor Democrats for county, legislative and federal offices. The total number of voters who actually made it to the polls seems to be quite small with records indicating just 6,081 total ballots cast last Tuesday.
West Virginia State Senate
Boone County physician Dr. Ron Stollings won his race to represent Boone County in the West Virginia State Senate. County voters cast 4,571 votes for Stollings, compared to just 1,171 for his Republican opponent, Larry Lyon.
In a statement released on Thursday, Stollings sent his thanks to the voters who chose him this week. “I am humbled that many of my friends and neighbors across the 7th Senatorial District have chosen me to represent them in the West Virginia State Senate,” Stollings said.
“There are many issues that desperately need addressing and I will fight to ensure they are given a fair hearing. I heard you say that we must improve access to healthcare especially for the most vulnerable aspects of the population: the very young and our elderly. Your desire to expand and diversify our economy will be heard on the floor of the senate. The current coal boom will allow us to address many topics that have been ignored in the past years.
Straight ticket voters cast 2,664 voters ballots for Democrats and just 334 opted to vote a straight Republican ticket.
Dr. Stollings is the first senator from Boone County since the 1970s. During the decade of the 70’s, the late Dr. David Wallace and Robert “Bobby” Rogers both represented the county. In 1974, Rogers resigned his senate seat, and it was filled by Senator Earl Ray Tomblin, who has held the seat continuously since that year.
“We are extremely excited to have Ron Stollings on our side in the West Virginia State Senate,” said Boone County Democrat Executive Committee Chairwoman Sue Ann Zickefoose. “ A senator from Boone County who knows first hand the problems we have here is long overdue.”
Byrd receives overwhelming
support from Boone voters
In the race for United States Senate, a visit by Senator Robert C. Byrd Nov. 3 invigorated his vast number of supporters in Boone County, and probably helped him win 4,748 votes on Tuesday. Morgantown businessman and Republican John Raese earned 1,061 votes .
United States Congress
In the 3rd District US House of Representatives race, Democrat Nick Rahall easily won reelection. Boone voters cast 4,738 ballots for Rahall, while Cabell County Sheriff Kim Wolfe, his Republican challenger, received 1,082 votes.
Barker re-elected to House of Delegates
The 18th District West Virginia House of Delegates race was never close for incumbent Larry Barker, of Madison.
The house member earned 3,603 votes, while his Republican opponent, Gary A. Dolin, received 697 votes.
Mickey Brown heading
back to county commission
Boone County Commissioner Mickey Brown was re-elected to his seat with 4,858 votes. His Republican opponent, Lee Smell, received 1,004 votes.
House of Delegates 19th District
Voters in Boone County helped return several members to the 19th District House of Delegates on Tuesday.
Jeff Eldridge earned 1,115 votes, Ted Ellis got 1,046 votes, and Lidella Wilson Hrutkay earned 1,060 votes from Boone residents. Newcomer Ralph Rodighiero, a UPS delivery man well-known to many Madison residents, received 974 votes from Boone residents.
In the house race, Republican candidates Jeff Cook received 285 votes, Elias Gregory earned 302, and Billy Marcum garnered 326 votes.
Electronic voting machines seemed to work well during the general election. All of Boone County’s 37 precincts were in by 8:45 Tuesday evening, and the final vote count was completed by 9:45 p.m.
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