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McGeehan, Zatezalo Keep Delegate Seats

Delegates Pat McGeehan, R-Hancock, and Mark Zatezalo, R-Hancock, will retain their seats in the West Virginia Legislature on the decision of voters in Hancock and Brooke counties.

Both were elected in 2014, although McGeehan served a term in the House previously, from 2008-10. The pair ran against challenger Ronnie Jones, a Democrat.

McGeehan secured 8,383 votes, according to unofficial totals, while Zatezalo took 7,000 votes and Jones, 5,530.

“I’m just humbled and pleased by all the support,” McGeehan said.

McGeehan, an account director for Frontier Communications, said the state’s budget is his primary concern, as he considers what is ahead in the 2017 legislative session. Currently, an estimated $300 million deficit is expected going forward.

McGeehan said while it may be a long and cumbersome process, he intends to make it a priority to carefully read through the document and understand it.

Zatezalo could not be reached for comment.

Zatezalo, a hydrogeologist employed by a Pittsburgh engineering firm, previously said he’d be a natural fit for the Northern Panhandle, to ensure its budding gas and oil industries flourish.

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