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Coffland Holds Commission Seat

November 7, 2012
By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

A majority of Belmont County voters decided Tuesday to keep their incumbent commissioner, Matt Coffland.

According to unofficial vote totals, Coffland captured 12,529 votes. He had two Independent challengers this election: Jerry Echeman received 9,208 votes and Doug Longenette captured 7,628.

This will be Coffland's second four-year term. He is a resident of Shadyside, where he owns the Tiger Pub bar.

Coffland said he wanted to thank the voters of Belmont County for believing and trusting in him. He said he plans to continue working hard for the next four years.

''The past few months have been hard on my supporters. ... This was a big win,'' Coffland said, referring to being put on trial for allegedly assaulting a peace officer at Jamboree In The Hills this past July. During a jury trial, he was acquitted of those charges last month.

''I felt good going in. I think my hard work over the past four years paid off, but you never know. I think the voters realized I've worked hard for them. I want to continue to move Belmont County forward,'' Coffland said.

Coffland still faces misdemeanor charges brought by Ohio Investigative Unit enforcement agents on April 1. The unit alleges Coffland knowingly or recklessly hindered or obstructed an agent or employee of the Ohio Division of Liquor Control who was at Coffland's Tiger Pub bar.

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