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Maroney Takes 2nd District Senate Seat

Republican Dr. Mike Maroney will replace outgoing West Virginia state Sen. Jeff Kessler in January, according to unoffical election night results.

“I am very humbled and very excited by this. I am really looking forward to going to Charleston to make a difference,” Maroney said in reaction to his win.

Preliminary results showed Maroney with 22,721 votes, compared to 15,005 for Democratic candidate Lisa Zukoff and 4,116 for Libertarian H. John Rogers.

Kessler, D-Marshall, had long represented the sprawling district, but did not seek re-election this year because he competed in the gubernatorial primary. Maroney said he knows he has considerable shoes to fill.

“I am willing to work with people. I believe I won because of my positive message,” he said. “West Virginia needs a new direction.”

Maroney said his primary objective will be to address West Virginia’s opioid problem.

“We have to make major strides on that. We have to get more West Virginians working,” he said.

Maroney, 48, of Glen Dale, said he does not know Governor-elect Jim Justice, but would be willing to work with him.

“We have to find common ground to move our state forward. I will work to do that,” Maroney added.

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