In Greenbrier County:
For Prosecuting Attorney, incumbent Kevin Hanson lost big, and at the top of the Democratic ticket for the general election will be Martha Fleshman, who was a complete dark horse in the race. According to the Register-Herald article linked below, she spent only about $1,400 on the race — not including the $992 filing fee. She will face fellow attorney Pat Via, who by the way is an all-around good guy.
For Circuit Judge, incumbent Judge Pomponio emerged victorious over Lewisburg attorney Steve Hunter. He will face Lewisburg attorney (and State Senator) Jesse Guills in the general election.
See the Greenbrier County results here.
UPDATE: The Register-Herald published an article Thursday regarding the county prosecutor race in Greenbrier County, which you can read here.
In Monroe County:
For Prosecuting Attorney, incumbent H. Rod Mohler also lost big – to challenger Justin St. Clair who is a Monroe County Attorney and also an all-around good guy. This was a big race because Rod Mohler had been Prosecuting Attorney for 12 years, and he is also a really nice guy with a lot of support. Justin had been positioning himself to run for the last four years and his hard work paid off.
For Circuit Judge:
Judge Robert Irons narrowly won by about 200 votes. This was a difficult race because it pitted Monroe County voters against Summers County voters, each voting a majority for their resident candidate. I believe the voters made a wise decision as Judge Irons has served the 31st judicial circuit well since he has held office.
See the Monroe County results here.
In Summers County:
For Prosecuting Attorney, incumbent Amy L. Mann, pulled out a major victory over challenger Jason Parmer, grabbing 2,277 votes over Parmer’s 1,280. This race had gotten nasty in the final weeks leading up to the election, and apparently that didn’t play well with the voters of Summers County. In my opinion, the most important quality of a good prosecutor is sympathy and compassion. Not all persons charged with a crime deserve life in prison. Most are generally good people, and most will be back out on the streets before long. A prosecutor who will treat defendants as they themselves would want to be treated, can clean-up the streets much faster than a “lock-em-up-throw-away-the-key” prosecutor. Amy is a compassionate person, and she uses her discretion wisely. But she also knows when to fire both barrels – trust me.
See the Summers County results here.
– John H. Bryan, West Virginia Attorney.