Thompson and Hicks claim seats in House of Delegates
WAYNE — Robert Thompson and Ken Hicks have been re-elected to represent District 19 in the West Virginia House of Delegates after both Democratic incumbents beat out Republican Mark Ross in Tuesday’s election.
Thompson took an early lead in the polls on Tuesday, having secured 37 percent of votes with all precincts reporting, and will be re-elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates to represent District 19.
After a tight race in the beginning, incumbent K en Hicks (5,232 votes) pulled away from Mark Ross (4,895) and took the seat for a third consecutive term.
Thompson is wrapping up his first term in the West Virginia House of Delegates after being elected in 2016. One of his main focuses for the next term would be to capitalize on the agricultural movement that has gained recent momentum in southern West Virginia.
“I appreciate the support of the voters, and I think it means they appreciate what I’ve tried to accomplish,” Thompson said. “Hopefully we can do more good things for the school system and agriculture in Wayne County.”
Leading up to the election, Thompson was hopeful that new educational programs could have a major impact in Wayne County, specifically career and technology programs.
″ We mu st cont i nue to advance our career and technical education in the school system and focus on career opportunities that are available in our state,” Thompson said. “We must prepare both students who plan to attend college and those who wish to enter a variety of career paths.”
After trailing for most of the night, Democrat incumbent Hicks surpassed Republican Ross to secure his seat in the House of Delegates.
Hicks has represented the 19th District since he was elected in 2014. He said he believes West Virginia’s economy has picked up and has seen more agriculture, specifically in Wayne County since he took office.
Hicks has a major focus on education and said he was disappointed in the budget cuts in regard to education. Moving forward he would like to see PEIA be opened up to outside bidders to potentially lower rates for state employees.