(Left to right) Joe Wilson, of the Casto-Harris election supply company in Spencer, teamed up with Hardman's hardware officials Randall Walker and Jason Starcher to send 17 generators to Nassau County, New York, to be used in the general election. Driver Ryan Metheney (right) took the generators to New York early on the morning of Nov. 3.
(Photo by Lawrence Pierce)

By Rusty Marks for the Charleston Gazette

SPENCER, W.Va. - John Denbigh and Joe Wilson take elections seriously.

"The vote is the most precious thing we have in this country," said Denbigh, co-owner of Casto-Harris election supply company in Spencer. So when customers in Nassau County, N.Y., called on the Friday before the general election to find out if there were any spare generators available in West Virginia, Denbigh and Wilson sprang into action.

"Joe's brother-in-law -- and my cousin -- just happens to be in the hardware business," Denbigh said.

Wilson and Denbigh called on Hardman's, a hardware chain with seven stores in West Virginia, to find out if there were any generators around. Hardman's general manager, Randall Walker, said he got the call for generators at about 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 2. By then, most West Virginians who needed generators had already bought one...

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