By a better than 2-1 margin, Hancock County voters elected incumbent Commissioner Jeff Davis to a third term Tuesday over Republican challenger Mark Tetrault.
Davis defeated Tetrault, a New Manchester resident, by a margin of 7,944 votes to 3,630, according to unofficial vote totals.
Both are former owners of Roma's Pizzeria in New Manchester and Chester, but Davis now owns car washes and rental property in Hancock County, while Tetrault is now a landman in the oil and gas industry. Tetrault has been openly critical of the commission's recent decision to sue the county's largest employer, Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, for alleged failure to collect hotel occupancy tax on complimentary rooms, denouncing the move as anti-business.
Davis thanked voters for their support and said he's looking forward to serving Hancock County for the next six years.
"My biggest goal is to try to maintain the financial stability that we have in the county and continue to move forward with infrastructure projects like water and sewer," he said.
Davis noted the county has some major projects in the works, including the relocation of its 911 center and Health Department to new facilities along W.Va. 2 across from the John D. Rockefeller Vo-Tech Center - a move he said will help alleviate parking issues at the county courthouse.
Davis served two terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates in the late 1990s before winning election to his first term as county commissioner in 2000. He serves as the commission's president.