Tight Race for Wetzel County Commission
In an incredibly tight race, Democrat Lisa Heasley captured the office of Wetzel County Commission, garnering a mere 115 more votes than her opponent, Republican Charles Clements.
And in Tyler County, political newcomer Brian Weigle defeated a trio of rivals to be elected sheriff, while Republican Commissioner Eric Vincent was re-elected to a second term, defeating Democrat Arnold Schoolcraft.
Charles Clements garnered 3,014, compared to Heasley’s 3,129, according to unofficial totals. Heasley will replace current commissioner Donald Mason, who is retiring at the end of December.
Heasley said she knew she had skills she could bring to the office of commission, but didn’t realize all of the skills she would learn along the campaign trail.
“I met so many people and learned so much from them,” she said.
In the race for Wetzel County Sheriff, current Chief Deputy Mike Koontz, a Democrat, received 5,179 votes, compared to opponent Jeffrey Frank Jarrell’s 682 votes. Jarrell is a member of the Constitution Party.
The county’s special excess levy for ambulance service and volunteer fire departments also saw a win, with 4,907 voters favoring the measure, while 1,091 voters voted against the measure.
In Tyler County, Weigle captured 2,615 votes to defeat Democrat Trevor Tallman, who took 924 votes, and two write-in candidates — Mike Huffman, with 132 votes and Steve Chaplin, with four votes.
Vincent garnered 2,442 votes, while Schoolcraft got 1,138 votes in the commission race. Pending Monday’s canvass, the results are unofficial.
Weigle is a lifelong citizen of Tyler County and has been employed by Mon Power with 10 years of services. A lifetime farmer, Weigle is involved with many organizations in the area including West Virginia Angus Association, the West Virginia Farm Bureau, the Solid Waste Authority of Tyler County, the Alma Volunteer Fire Department, Tyler County Fair Association and Middle Island Harvest Festival’s Board of Directors.
“I need to thank everyone for their support in this election,” Weigle said. “I will fulfill my duty as sheriff. It will be an honor to work with the people of Tyler County.”
An 1983 alumnus of Sistersville High School, Vincent has worked at WesBanco for 28 years where he currently serves as the banking center manager and assistant vice president at the bank’s branch in New Martinsville. He is active on many boards and organizations in the community.
“I want to thank the great citizens of Tyler County,” Vincent said. “Once again, it will be a privilege to serve as your county commissioner.”