Brooke voters elect new county commissioner

WELLSBURG – Brooke County voters on Tuesday elected a new county commissioner.

Challenger Stacey Hukill Wise of Follansbee defeated incumbent Norma Tarr of Weirton in the Democratic race for county commissioner. Wise received 1,578 votes, while Tarr received 638.

All totals are unofficial until ballots are canvassed Monday.

Wise said she was “completely overwhelmed” by the support she received and expressed thanks to the voters who supported her as well as her family and friends.

She said she spent the last six weeks campaigning door to door and found it “enlightening to get citizens’ thoughts and opinions.”

Wise, who has frequently attended the commission’s meetings in recent months, said she will continue to learn about issues affecting the county as she prepares to take office on Jan. 1.

She noted the commission has dealt with major budgetary constraints in recent months and she hopes to work with the other two commissioners to bring more revenue to the county and help county departments and agencies become more self-sufficient.

Wise said she will welcome input from everyone, including Tarr, who served as commissioner for 12 years.

“She’s a wonderful person, and I hope to gain knowledge and guidance from everyone,” she said.

No Republicans filed for the commission seat. The race was the only one decided Tuesday, with candidates in several other federal and state offices advancing to the Nov. 4 general election.

With few political races to be decided, voter turnout was relatively low, with 13.95 percent of the county’s 21,244 registered voters casting ballots. Of the 2,963 ballots cast, 332 were through early voting and 70 were absentee ballots.