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After incumbent loss, two candidates vie to be Raleigh County's next senator

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) There was a surprise upset in Raleigh County on Tuesday night, after an incumbent Senator was defeated in the Republican Primary.

Sen. Lynne Arvon lost on Tuesday night. The Republican lawmaker who, for years, served in the House of Delegates was appointed to a Senate seat in the 2018 session after a surprise decision by former Sen. Jeff Mullins not to finish his term.

Rollan Roberts emerged as a victor in the Republican Primary, securing more than 50 percent of the vote. He is the Senior Pastor at Victory Baptist Church and the Administrator of Victory Baptist Academy. 

"I want the voters to know I'm passionate and focused and I want to represent them," said Dr. Roberts in an interview with WVVA News on Wednesday. 

Dr. Roberts will be taking on Beckley attorney Bill Wooten, who also secured nearly 50 percent of his primary's votes, in the general election.

Wooten has served in the Senate before for 12 years up until 2002. He secured nearly 50 percent of the votes in Tuesday's primary. "I'm concerned. In the last year, 2017, in Raleigh County alone, we lost 1,700 people. That's a bad sign. We have to revitalize the economy here. I want my grandchildren and others to be able to find well-paying jobs so they can stay here." 

Both men spent the day after the primary election picking up campaign signs across the area. 

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