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Norris, Host To Fill Open County Seats

November 7, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Dale Norris and William Host won two open seats on the Harrison County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

Norris, a Democrat, is a lifelong Harrison County resident who spent 13 years as the Harrison County highway superintendent, working with area townships, villages and school districts. He said his experience has helped him learn to work with the public and get a grasp on what issues are important to the county.

Norris received 4,224 votes over Lynn Mendenhall's 2,559.

As highways superintendent, Norris noted he was responsible for administering a $3.4 million annual budget and supervising all county road, bridge and water and sewer projects.

He said his goal is to better utilize technology to save taxpayer money.

In the other race, William Host defeated Republican Paul Coffland, earning 3,561 votes to Coffland's 3,273.

Host, a Democrat from Bowerston, is ending his second term as a county commissioner.

He is a former operator of a lumber and hardware store plus has been in the real estate and auction business for 40 years.

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