NLJ Associate Publisher
Former Newcastle Mayor Ed Wagoner was the top vote-getter in the Weston County Commission race in Tuesday’s primary election and will advance, along with incumbent commissioner Tracy Hunt, to November’s general election. Wagoner secured 909 votes to lead a hotly contested four-way race in the Republican primary, while Hunt collected 819 tallies to outpace challengers Don Taylor (673) and Cathy Emmert (579).
The fact that no Democrats filed for election to the county commission all but guarantees victory for Wagoner and Hunt in November.
The same isn’t true for the race for three four-year terms on the Newcastle City Council, where all six candidates will advance to the general election for those non-partisan offices after a primary election that saw the top vote-getter only separated from the sixth place finisher by 73 votes.