CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There were a few new examples of ‘every vote counts’ in the House of Delegates in Tuesday’s Primary Election.
The possibility of close races was there with the decisions made by 19 delegates not to seek reelection. Some of the races were very close, two of those in Berkeley County.
Republican John Hardy beat fellow GOP member Pam Bush by just 10 votes in the 63rd Delegate District, a seat held by Del. Mike Folk who is running for state Senate. Hardy will face Sam Brown in the fall.
In the 62nd District, a seat held by longtime incumbent Del. John Overington, Kevin Bolen advanced in the GOP primary with a 21-vote victory over Tom Bibby.
House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, is one of those who decided not to seek reelection, but he still has influence in the 40th District. The candidate Armstead backed, Dean Jeffries, won the GOP primary over two opponents.
There were two House incumbents who were defeated Tuesday, Democrat Phil Isner of Randolph County came in third in a district where two candidates advance while Republican Chanda Adlkins, just appointed during this past legislative session, lost a close race in Raleigh County to fellow Republican Christopher Wayne Toney by 32 votes. Toney will face former Raleigh County School Board President Rick Snuffer II in the fall election.