Ohio County voters elected to keep Democrat Scott Smith for another term as prosecutor by a healthy margin over Republican challenger Worthy Paul on Tuesday.
Smith - initially elected as prosecutor in 2000 - took home 10,234 votes, compared to Paul's 6,616, unofficial tallies indicate.
"I have more friends and supporters than you could imagine. I am blessed with a terrific family and a great staff," Smith said after learning of his victory.
Smith is a 1983 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law. He also served for eight years as an assistant prosecutor in the county.
"It is nice to have have so many people who believe in me. This is an awesome feeling to know that I am going to be able to do this for four more years," Smith said.
Whether it is drug trafficking, property thefts or other illegal activities, Smith said he stands ready to lead the effort to protect Ohio County from crime.
"This is a big responsibility. I thank the citizens for once again placing their trust in me," he added.