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Storch, Fluharty Re-Elected

Delegates Erikka Storch and Shawn Fluharty of Ohio County will return to the state Capitol in January after both were re-elected by voters on Tuesday.

Final, unofficial election night tallies in the race for two seats representing the 3rd Delegate District showed Storch, a Republican, receiving 11,970 of the votes cast; and Fluharty, a Democrat, 8,915. Republican Scott Reed, the second GOP candidate in the race, captured 8,224 votes. There was no second Democrat candidate.

Storch, 45, was first elected to the House in 2010, and will begin her fourth term in January. She is employed as the president of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce, and she holds a masters degree in business administration from Wheeling Jesuit University.

“I would just like to thank the voters for their continued trust in me,” she said.

As a projected $350 million budget deficit looms over the state, there are three main concerns facing lawmakers when they return to regular session in Charleston next year, according to Storch.

“The budget, the budget and the budget,” she said. “I wish it would rain money. I really would like to be able to navigate through a very tough present fiscal year, and one we’re facing,”

Fluharty, 32, elected in 2014, is completing his first term in the House. He is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, and works as an attorney in Wheeling.

During his freshman term in the House, Fluharty was assigned to the industry and labor, health and judiciary committees.

“Thank you to everyone for coming out and supporting me,” Fluharty said. “Many of you have been with me from the very beginning. I’m looking forward to continuing my work, and being a vocal representative for Ohio County. Thanks everyone for coming out, and making me one of your choices on Election Day.”

Fluharty stressed cooperation across the aisle as he heads into his second term.

“The first thing that needs to happen is our state needs to put politics aside and work on progress, and the future of our state,” he said. “We have an economic crisis, and a crisis involving young people leaving the state. We must wake up and realize the old playbook doesn’t work anymore, because we cannot continue our downward spiral.”

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