(05/14/2014)
Results for Clay County’s primary were delayed Tuesday night and Wednesday morning due to technical difficulties with ballot machines.

A final count was completed by Wednesday afternoon.

Garrett Samples, appointed as Clay County sheriff last year, was officially elected to the post on Tuesday.

Samples, of Procious, was appointed by the Clay County Commission to replace Miles Slack last September. Slack pleaded guilty in federal court to an illegal wiretapping charge involving his then-wife, less than a year after entering office.

On Tuesday, Samples received 677 votes for sheriff in the Democratic primary. Peter Triplett and David A. Holcomb, both of Clay, received 460 and 159 votes, respectively.

No Republican candidates filed for the position.

Greg Fitzwater, of Bickmore, beat out incumbent County Commissioner Mike Pierson, of Maysel, in the Democratic primary. Fitzwater received 774 votes, while Pierson had 512.

School board members Dave Mullins and Morgan Triplett, both of Clay, will keep their seats.

Mullins topped the bill with 819 votes. Triplett had 755 votes. Cheryl White, of Wallback, who had 571 votes, will join the two on the county Board of Education.

Results for other board candidates included Jim “Roho” Ryan, of Ivydale, 409 votes; Jason Triplett, of Clay, 315 votes; Susan Markle Bodkins, of Lizemores, 543 votes; Jack Brown, of Clay, 178 votes; and, Jim Purdue, of Procious, 390 votes.

Clay County’s $375,000 library levy passed by 55 percent. The library system will receive $75,000 annually from 2015 to 2019.

Results for Clay County’s primary were delayed Tuesday due to technical difficulties with ballot machines. A final count was completed by Wednesday afternoon. - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140513/GZ01/140519707/1419#sthash.UmzaF4On.dpuf


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