Local Pocahontas County Primary Election Results

Here are the unofficial results of the strictly local races in the May 14 2024 Pocahontas County Primary Elections.

For the Nonpartisan Board of Education race, in which the top 2 candidates will win seats on the board and will be seated at the first board meeting in July:

  1. Incumbent Sam Gibson won reelection, receiving 1,169 votes.
  2. Emery Grimes won the second seat, receiving 972 votes.
  3. Dawn Baldwin Barrett received 954 votes.

For County Commissioner, where there is one position up for election since Commission President Walt Helmick did not run for reelection:

Republican Candidate Thane A Ryder received 711 votes, winning the Republican nomination, defeating Republican Timothy Walt Helmick, who received 561 votes.

Democrat Candidate Jay Miller won the Democrat nomination running unopposed. Miller received 465 votes.

Miller and Ryder will face off in the November General election. The winner of that contest will be seated as a County Commissioner in January, joining incumbent commissioners John Rebinski and Jamie Walker on next year’s commission.

For County Prosecutor:

There was no Republican Candidate running in the primary. Democrat Laura M. Kirshner received 385 votes, defeating Joni O’Neal Nichols, who received 289 votes. Kirshner will be on the November General Election ballet.

For Sheriff:

Republican candidate Kenneth “Buster” Varner ran unopposed, and received 712 votes: Democrat candidate Troy McCoy also ran unopposed and received 598 votes. They will face off against each other in the November General Election.

For Assessor:

Republican Johnny Pritt ran unopposed and received 1,080 votes, there was no Democrat candidate running.

For Magistrate -Division 1: Cynthia Broce-Kelly ran unopposed and received 1.602 votes

For Magistrate -Division 2: : Jennifer Dunz, received 1,259 votes, defeating Mark Thompson, who received 739 votes.


In Pocahontas County

There are 2,293 registered Republicans, of which 1,372 voted in this primary election.

There are 1,545 registered Democrats, of which 741 voted.

There are 18 registered Mountain Party members, of which 1 voted.

There are 1,747 who registered as Non-Partisan (independent) of which 44 voted in this election.


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Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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