Webster County sheriff race takes shape after Tuesday’s primary

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WEBSTER SPRINGS, W.Va. – It had been eight years since the last time Webster County voters had as many decisions to make as they did Tuesday night.

In the non-partisan races, Jason Davis was elected magistrate over Roddie Brown and Allen Cogar, while Lisa Clutter and Michael Carpenter won seats on the Board of Education ahead of Linda Goff.

On the Democratic ticket, Keith Stout prevailed in the circuit clerk race, Daniel Dotson bested Tammy Hawkins in the county commission race and Rick Clayton is the nominee for sheriff, winning that three-way race.

Clayton will face Stanley Knight in the November General Election, after Knight came out ahead of Thomas Stalnaker.

With COVID-19 pandemic many candidates in Webster County say it made it a challenge to campaign.

“It changed, It (COVID-19) changes the whole campaign. I mean, we couldn’t get out. So, we had to go on the internet. And then when we saw somebody out, that’s about all we could do. It really changed the whole process,” said Stanley Knight Jr., (R) candidate for Sheriff elect of Webster County.

Knight explained that the county has a “bad drug problem.” He also stated the issues of drugs has a large impact in a small tight-nit communities in the county. Knight said its one of the huge problems that the county is facing.

“We need to get the DARE program back in school and get the curfew in the towns enforced. And get people off the street in the late hours of the night, and stuff like that around here,” said Knight.

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