BUCKHANNON — The City of Buckhannon will soon have a new leader at the helm, as Robbie Skinner was elected to serve as the new mayor during the West Virginia Primary Election on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, with 703 votes.
Joining him on City Council, effective July 1, will be Pamela Bucklew, with 523 votes, and Jack Reger, with 531 votes. The third open seat for City Council showed a tie between current Councilman CJ Rylands and Sheila Sines, who both garnered 473 votes. The winner will be determined after the votes are canvassed on June 15.
“Serving as mayor in my hometown is certainly an honor and I see it as a privilege. It’s not something I will ever take lightly,” Skinner assured.
Skinner said that he will continue projects in progress from the current City Council members. The mayor-elect stated, “Before we start anything new, I want to really come together as a council to talk about where we are with the existing projects, and let's get those completed before we go down the road of anything else.” He then explained that he wants to develop a five-year plan, stick to it and work together to complete projects in an orderly and timely manner.
“I feel honored and humbled that the people put me back in,” Councilwoman Bucklew said when she secured her seat.
Randy Sanders will remain City Recorder, winning with 714 votes. The public also favored 846 out of 1,218 votes for the Public Library levy.
For Upshur County officials, Virgil Miller won the election for Upshur County Sheriff with 3,844 votes. Current Board of Education President Dr. Tammy Samples received 3,563 votes and Pat Long had 2,404, both winning the BOE positions. Bryan Hinkle will remain Prosecuting Attorney with 3,540 votes securing his position. Dale Bennett was elected as Surveyor with 3,646 votes and Doug Bush as Conservation District Supervisor with 3,771 votes. Upshur County also reelected Magistrates for Division 1 and Division 2, with Mike Coffman receiving 5,563 votes and Kay Hurst 5,436 votes, respectively. Assessor Dustin Zickefoose will retain his office with 3,771 votes, and County Commissioner Terry Cutright will also reserve his seat with 3,756 votes received.
Winning nominations for the WV House of Delegates for the 44th District was Republican Caleb Hanna with 1,626 votes and Democrat Robin Cutlip with 1,870 votes. For the 45th District, Carl “Robbie” Martin won the Republican nomination unopposed with 1,563 votes. For the 46th District, Adam Burkhammer won the Republican nomination with 1,525 votes and Bob Stultz won the Democrat nomination with 1,215 votes.
In the statewide election results for President of the United States, Republican Donald J. Trump won the nomination with 194,975 votes, and he will be competing in the General Election this November with Democrat Joe Biden, who garnered 117,795 votes.
Winners in the race for West Virginia Governor were Republican Jim Justice with 131,131 votes and Democrat Ben Salango with 72,364 votes.
The nominations for U.S. Senator are Shelley Capito with 170,436 votes for the Republicans and Paula Swearengin with 68,888 votes for the Democrats.
Current Attorney General Patrick Morrisey gained 172,477 votes for the Republican nomination and Isaac Sponaugle won 84,112 votes for the Democratic nomination.
For Auditor, John McCuskey gained the Republican nomination, with 169,577 votes and Mary Ann Roebuck Claytor gained the Democrat nomination with 156,089 votes.
The U.S. House of Representatives 2nd Congressional District nominations were Alex Mooney for the Republicans with 49,198 votes and Cathy Kunkel for the Democrats with 50,414 votes.
Mac Warner gained 176,915 votes for the Secretary of State Republican nomination, opposing Democrat nominee Natalie Tennant with 175,600 votes.
For Treasurer, Republican Riley Moore received 166,977 votes and Democrat John Perdue received 170,519.
For Commissioner of Agriculture, Republican nominee Kent Leonhardt had 113,586 voters and Democrat nominee Bob Beach had 81,074.
For the 11th District for State Senator, Republican Robert Karnes received 7,683 votes and Democrat Denise Campbell received 10,468.
Lastly, the elected Justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia were Tim Armstead for Division 1 with 151,755 votes, William Wooton for Division 2 with 115,668 votes, and John Hutchison for Division 3 with 137,681 votes.