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Upshur County Election Wrap Up

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BUCKHANNON -

Upshur County finished tabulating the votes just before midnight on Tuesday. Fifty-nine percent of the voters turned out for the November election.  

Based on the unofficial final results, Troy "Buddy" Brady defeated Steven Abel 4,874 to 3,137. Brady will replace current county commissioner Creed Pletcher. Pletcher couldn't run again due to term limits.

The Republican nominee for Upshur County Sheriff, David Coffman, defeated Independent candidate Sherman Baxa 4,519 to 2,881.

You'll remember back during the May primary that Chief Deputy Mike Kelley won 2 to 1 over the runner up David Taylor. But afterwards, Kelley was accused of being in violation of the Hatch Act. Taylor argued that under the Hatch Act, Kelley was ineligible for the office because he held the position of deputy sheriff.

Kelley withdrew his name from the race and Taylor wanted to be named the nominee. After several election challenge petitions, and appeals that were heard by the Upshur County Commission, a circuit court judge, and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. The court said regardless of whether the Hatch Act applies to this situation, Taylor couldn't benefit from that disqualification.

Coffman was appointed the nominee by the Upshur County Republican Executive Election Committee to fill the spot.

"I just wanna work with my personnel. The sheriff's department has a great foundation, good personnel, good resources. I'm just anxious to start the work, so we can all work together and make things better for Upshur County," said Coffman.

Coffman served 20 years with the Lewis County Sheriff's Department, 10 years with the City of Buckhannon, and two years as a game warden for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Coffman said he wants to continue the hard work on the drug problem in the county.

"It's my goal to work hand in hand to work with other law enforcement agencies here in the county, and I feel if we can work together as a unit, we can accomplish so much more with our added resources," Coffman said.

Commissioner elect Brady said he's looking forward to getting started in his new role.

"On day 1 it will be will a learning experience, I will start from there and I'll see what I can do to make Upshur County a better place to live for its citizens," said Brady.

The offices of Prosecuting Attorney, Surveyor, Magistrate, and Assessor will not change. The incumbents had no candidates running against them.

Brady and Coffman will take office on January 1.