Belmont County voters had six different candidates to choose from for Western Division Court judge Tuesday - and St. Clairsville resident Eric Costine was the winner.
According to unofficial vote totals, Costine received 7,673 votes; John ''Kevin'' Flanagan, 6,190; Helen Yonak, 4,503; Charles Bean, 4,464; Todd Kildow, 3,784; and William Thomas, 2,652.
The seat is being vacated by retiring Judge Harry White.
Costine is the county's lead public defender and manages the county's public defender office. He has practiced law in Belmont County for 27 years at the Costine Law Firm with his father, John, and brother, current Belmont County Juvenile/Probate Court Judge J. Mark Costine. He received his law degree from Ohio Northern University College of Law.
Bean, a St. Clairsville resident, received his law degree from Ohio State University. He serves as solicitor for the village of Powhatan Point. He also serves on Belmont Savings Bank's board of directors.
Flanagan, a Bellaire native who now lives in Flushing, is an attorney with Gold, Khourey and Turak. He previously worked as assistant prosecutor with the county prosecutor's office. He later served as acting judge for Eastern Division Court Judge William Davis.
Kildow, a resident of Bethesda, has worked as a lawyer for 19 years. He received his law degree from Ohio Northern University's College of Law. For the past seven years, Kildow has served as volunteer counsel for the Belmont County Certified Grievance Committee.
Thomas, a resident of Martins Ferry where he currently practices law, previously served as a prosecuting attorney for 21 years. He received his law degree from the Ohio Northern University Law School. He also serves on the Eastern Ohio Transit Authority's board of directors.
Yonak, a Jacobsburg resident, is a current assistant prosecuting attorney in Belmont County.