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2018 WV Primary: Matoaka votes to dissolve its charter


The buzz about Primary Elections had many residents showing up to the polls for early voting, exercising their civic responsibility. Today, a total of 40,059 registered voters in Mercer County came out during the Primary Elections and the voting totals are now confirmed.

One Mercer County Commissioner seat is up for grabs in November with Gene Buckner up for re-election. He faced two Republican candidates during this May primary including Roger Topping and Jordan Pruett.

The election was close between Buckner and Topping, with only a difference of 384 votes. Buckner won the nomination by almost 2,000 votes and will go on to face Democrat Guy Davis Sr. during the November election. 

"I felt confident in what I had done and the way I had campaigned," Gene said. "This election has been good for me and the county."

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Another issue on the ballot was dissolving the charter for the Town of Matoaka. The residents had to vote in favor or against the dissolve so the Town can become unincorporated. Mercer County and American water are trying to fix the water system in the Town, but needed this vote to happen so they can continue restoring the community.

In a vote of 21-3, the residents voted in favor of dissolving the charter. Mercer County Commissioner Bill Archer says things are moving in the right direction to help the people living in Matoaka. 

""As soon as the town is debt free they will no longer be an incorporated town," Bill said. "But it will always be Matoaka because it has a long tradition and history of being a very important community in Mercer County."

The Mercer County Board of Education elected three new members, all non-partisan positions. Jacinda Santon Smith took 29 percent of the votes, which was about 5,000 votes. Gregory S Prudich received 4,507 votes and Gilbert E. Bailey got 4,009 votes. 

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