Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 7, 2012

Mercer citizens decide national, state, local races

PRINCETON — Mercer County voters went to the polls Tuesday to choose not only a president, members of Congress and a governor, but also county magistrates, the prosecuting attorney, the sheriff, the county assessor and the county surveyor.

Five incumbents and one challenger were on the ballot for five seats in Mercer County Magistrate Court.

Challenger Sandra Dorsey of Bluefield shared the ballot with incumbents Susan C. Honaker of Bluefield, Rick Fowler of Princeton, Charles N. Poe of Athens, Jim Dent of Princeton and Mike Flanigan of Princeton.

With all 51 precincts in, unofficial totals showed Flanigan with 11,358 votes; Dent with 11,272 votes; Fowler with 10,649 votes; Dorsey with 10,083 votes; Honaker with 10,077 votes; and Poe with 9,190 votes.

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash of Athens was running unopposed. He received 14,878 votes. There were 14 write-in votes for prosecutor.

D. B. “Don” Meadows was alone on the ballot for another term as sheriff of Mercer County. Meadows received 15,271 votes. County residents cast 117 write-in votes.

Sharon D. Gearhart of Princeton was the only candidate on the ballot for assessor. Gearhart received 14,984 votes. There were 32 write-in votes.

Richard Dillon Sr. of Bluefield, the only person on the ballot for county surveyor, received 13,584 votes. Residents cast 29 write-in votes.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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