Scott Varner, Fred Brunner To Vie For Commissioner

MOUNDSVILLE — Scott G. Varner will run as the Democrat candidate for Marshall County Commission after winning Tuesday’s primary election.

Varner led the Democrat race with 1,482 votes over Dennis “Denny” Wallace, who earned 1,001 votes, and Mike Eskridge, who received 853 votes.

Varner will face Republican Fred Brunner – who ran unopposed Tuesday – in November’s general election.

“I’m very happy with the support of our citizens,” Varner said. “I think with years of service in the legislature, people feel comfortable with my work. I’m very dedicated and determined to do the best we can.”

Varner has served 10 consecutive terms in the House of Delegates and works as the director of vocational and adult education for Marshall County Schools.

He said his goals as commissioner to are to work with Regional Economic Development Partnership to get longterm, sustainable employment in the county and to provide adequate funding for the county’s services, such as emergency management.

Brunner, a retired sales coordinator for General Motors Acceptance Corp., said he is looking forward to a good campaign and seeks to keep it positive.

“My goals are simple,” Brunner said. “We need to keep the county financially sound and I want to work with legislators to change the laws to benefit the county, especially with gas and oil and coal mining. Some of that should be earmarked for roads. I will be a full-time commissioner.”

The two candidates are seeking to replace Commissioner Donald Mason, who has held the seat since 1986. Since Mason’s term will expire at about the same time Commissioner Brian Schambach plans to resign, the county’s senior commissioner will be Bob Miller, who took office in 2012. The winner of the general election will take office Jan. 1.