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Dems advance 5 incumbents, 2 challengers in magistrate race

May. 09, 2012 @ 01:05 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Michael Woelfel led the way Tuesday as five Democratic incumbents and two challengers captured the party's seven nominations for Cabell County Magistrate, according to unofficial results released by the Cabell County Clerk's Office.

Woelfel thanked his supporters in accepting Tuesday night's victory. He garnered 3,888 votes.

"It's just a number," he said of Tuesday's first-place ranking. "I was fortunate enough to have the support of the people of Cabell County. There were a lot of good candidates. All 20 of the Democrats ran a good, hard race."

Dan Goheen led other Democratic in finishing second with 3,560 votes. He was followed by Darrell Black with 3,430 votes; Johnny McCallister 2,959; and Patty Verbage Spence 2,588.

Democratic challengers Scott Bias and Danne J. Vance punched the final two tickets to November's general election with 2,543 votes and 2,388 votes respectively.

They will face seven Republicans, all of whom ran uncontested in the primary election. Challenger Paul Harvey led that pack with 2,590 votes. He was followed by Republican incumbent Rondall "Ron" Baumgardner with 2,414 votes.

Tyler Beckett Smith and Robert (Bob) Gillette finished in a tie for third place, each receiving 2,268 votes. Fred Buchanan came in fourth with 2,179 votes, followed by Derek Artrip with 2,165 and J. Larry Crawford 2,156 votes.

Tom Bevins received 2,038 votes in the Democratic race, but that fell 350 shy of the nomination. He was followed by Opal Sanders 1,810; Greg Lawson 1,800; David Beckett 1,681; Gary Ray Hale 1,636; Johnny Ray Rice II 1,389; John Dennison 1,117; Paul Qualls 1,078; James Earl "Bo" Lowe 811; Timothy (Tim) Fox 722; Johnny R. Bowman 642; Kenneth W. Graybeal 582; and Kirby L. Anderson 311.