CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A longtime West Virginia Supreme Court law clerk will become its newest justice.
Voters elected Republican Allen Loughry on Tuesday. He joins Justice Robin Davis, who won re-election to the state's only appeals court.
Loughry had chronicled West Virginia political corruption in a recent book. That research became a major theme in his court campaign.
Loughry's campaign also received public money from a pilot program created as an alternative to traditional fundraising. But the Supreme Court blocked that program from providing additional funds in a September ruling.
The two-seat Supreme Court race also featured Republican Circuit Judge John Yoder and recent State Bar President Tish Chafin, a Democrat. There are five seats on the court.
Voters handed Davis another 12-year-term to the five-member court on Tuesday. The Democrat has sat on the state's only appeals court since 1996.
Davis has campaigned on court projects targeting truancy and child neglect. She's also supported the new court created to hear disputes among businesses.
West Virginia's court system has been under fire for several years, mostly from business groups. Davis argues that new rules for handling civil appeals resolve those concerns.
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