WILLIAMSON – The citizens of Mingo County cast their votes in Tuesday’s West Virginia Primary election and the unofficial results are in for the nonpartisan election of judicial officers running for Magistrate, Family Court Judge, and Circuit Judge.
This election marked the first judicial election to be nonpartisan in W.Va. According to Ballotpedia, Judicial elections were made nonpartisan in April 2015. Ballotpedia also states that, “Under the new law, West Virginia joins 18 other states that currently use nonpartisan judicial elections at all levels.” Another change is that candidates for magistrate positions are now required to run in divisions.
The polls closed Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and the results were calculated in the basement of the Mingo County Courthouse. Official totals will be announced as the information becomes available.
The Division One Magistrate race included Brock Mounts from Gilbert, Donald Sansom from Red Jacket and Billy Sexton from Williamson. In Division One, Donald Sansom was elected Magistrate taking home 42.71 percent of the votes beating out Brock Mounts with 31.29 percent of the votes and Billy Sexton who took home 25.81 percent of the votes.
In the race for Division Two Magistrate was Dave Justice from Delbarton, Barry Marcum from Williamson and James “Tick” Fugett from Williamson. For Division Two,Dave Justice was the voter choice for Magistrate. Justice beat Marcum in a close race with 46.92 percent of the votes. Marcum came in second with 42.94 percent of the votes. Fugett took home 10.06 percent of the votes.
Running in Division three was Donald Stevens from Lenore, Jim Harvey from Chattaroy, Scott “Big Block” Smith from Kermit and Michele Webb from Williamson. In Division Three, the voter favorite was Jim Harvey. Harvey was elected Magistrate Division Three with43.85 percent of the votes. Candidate Scott “Big Block” Smith came in second with 27.79 percent of the votes followed by Michele Webb who took home 18.54 percent of the votes. Donald Stevens came in l came in last with 9.67 percent of the votes.
In the judge’s race, incumbent Sabrina Deskins challenged Tonya Mounts Hatfield in the race for Family Court Judge. Deskins beat Hatfield with 56.64 percent of the votes. Hatfield took home 43.28 percent of the votes.
There was a three way race for Circuit Court Judge with Robert Carlton, and Teresa McCune challenging incumbent Miki Thompson. Thompson was reelected for Circuit Court Judge with 55.31 percent of the votes. McCune had 27.29 percent of the votes. Carlton took home 17.28 percent of the votes.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)