Aguilar, Muscari, Cook among winners


By John Conley - [email protected]



Wyoming County voters sent a long time employee at the county clerk’s office to victory and returned a previous county commissioner back to the commission.

Jewell Aguilar, a 35-year employee of the Wyoming County Clerk’s Office, defeated County Commissioner Jason Mullins for the Democratic nomination for county clerk.

“I had so much support from people all over the county,” Aguilar commented.

“I want to thank the good Lord,” she said. “I couldn’t have done it on my own. I had a lot of help.”

Her experience in the clerk’s office “will help a lot,” Aguilar remarked.

No Republicans ran for the positition, so Aguilar will succeed Clerk in the office in January.

Goode, county clerk for 36 years, ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination for State Senate.

He will face Republican Sue Cline this fall.

Dr. Sam Muscari, Sr., who served on the County Commission previously, won the early voting and maintained a comfortable lead throughout the evening.

Incumbent Larry Mathis finished second in the four-man field. Former commissioner Ed Harless was third, and Douglas “Mack” Prichard was fourth.

Muscari said getting water to county residents and supporting the Sheriff’s Department are among his priorities.

“I’m a local person and anything I do is to help the area,” he commented.

He says he is in Wyoming County for good. “I’m not going anywhere,” he commented.

Assessor Mike Cook won by a roughly two-to-one margin over challenger Earl Mongeni in the Democratic primary.

There were no GOP entries, so Cook will serve another term in the office.

Chief Deputy C.S. Parker was also a lopsided winner in the sheriff’s race over Linus Davis.

In the battle for the Republican nomination for the 25th District House of Delegates, the final outcome was unknown late Tuesday. Tony Paynter led teenager Jacob Snuffer by less than 60 votes with precincts in McDowell County still not reporting.

J.R. Boles, Craig Cook and Jeff Barlow were the winners in the magistrate races. Boles and Cook are incumbents.

Mike Prichard and Betty England were unopposed in the non-partisan Board of Education race. Prichard is an incumbent. England will take the seat currently held by Robbie Bailey, who decided not to run again.

England becomes the third woman to serve on the school board.

In the presidential election, county voters backed Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders by big margins.

Jim Justice won by a wide margin for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination over Boothe Goodwin and Jeff Kessler.

Justice will face Republican Bill Cole in the fall.

John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.

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