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Smith, Johnson win primary election in Cabell assessor race

May. 09, 2012 @ 01:05 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Democrat Phyllis Kirtley Smith and Republican Irv Johnson won their respective primaries Tuesday and will square off in the November general election for Cabell County Assessor, according to unofficial results.

They will vie for the seat that's been held by Ottie Adkins for nearly 16 years. Adkins did not run for re-election and is planning to retire at the end of the year.

Smith received 3,022 votes, with C.A. Adams in second with 2,691. Ed Haun received 1,743 votes. Johnson received 1,964 votes, with Anne Dandelet in second with 1,401. Alvin Bowyer received 895 votes.

Smith and Johnson said their respective opponents were just as qualified and felt honored to win.

"It was a close race," Smith said. "It wasn't a runaway race. I feel blessed."

Smith, currently serves on Milton City Council and as a city judge in Hurricane, Hamlin and West Hamlin. She also worked five years as human resources manager for the Cabell County Commission. She said during her time, she oversaw recruitment, staffing and performance management of about 100 employees.

Johnson, who owns three businesses, has 25 years of management experience that includes hiring, scheduling, budgeting and management of day-to-day operations.

He said that because Adkins is retiring, the candidates could focus on their own positive characteristics and not what the needs changed.

"It was a very close race and I'm honored that I won," Johnson said.

As they look toward the general election, Smith said she remains focused her experience and the need to implement an online filing system for individual and business property assessment.

Johnson said he also wants to update the online capability of the assessor's website and ensure the accuracy of assessments.

Both also said they would work with legislators to get the homestead exemption increased for seniors.