There will be a few new faces stepping up to the table of local government following Tuesday's primary election in West Virginia.
The voters have spoken and two long-time county commissioners and one member of the Hancock County Board of Education will no longer be helping to guide the decisions of our counties after this year. In Brooke County, Commissioner Norma Tarr was defeated by challenger Stacey Hukill Wise, and in Hancock County Commissioner Dan Greathouse came up short in the race against Joe Barnabei. In addition, Laura Greathouse lost her bid for re-election to the school board, with incumbents Toni Hinerman and John Manypenny and newcomer Michelle Chappell acquiring more votes.
We thank them all for their years of service in leading our communities and wish them well in the future. We are certain they will continue to be a big part of the fabric of the Upper Ohio Valley for many years to come. We also congratulate the winners, and encourage them to always look to their constituents for guidance as they go about the business of governing our area.
While these three races, as well as the two levies in Brooke County, have been decided, we also must remember there will be many more decisions coming before voters in November's general election where races will include the U.S. House and Senate, state Legislature, and several other local offices.
Voter turnout was low on Tuesday - 16.5 in Hancock County and 13.95 in Brooke County. We hope that does not continue on into November. It is important for residents to be a part of the election process. By casting our votes, we make the decision as to who will represent us, whether on the city, county, state or national level.
We encourage our residents to take the next few months to learn more about each of the candidates seeking office this year. Find out who they are and where they stand on all of the issues. That way you are informed when you step into the voting booth in six months.
Only a handful of races in Tuesday's primary will have any effect on our future. That will not be the case in November.