LEWISBURG — Union County voters chose Preston Boop, Jeff Reber and Stacy Richards to govern as county commissioners beginning next year, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s general election.
Reber, a Republican, led all candidates with 4,807 votes at the polls followed by fellow Republican, Boop, with 4,690 and Richards, a Democrat, with 2,831. Democrat Trey Casimir tallied 2,107 votes and was not elected to the board.
Absentee ballots weren’t tallied Tuesday but wouldn’t affect the outcome, county elections staffers said.
Boop was the lone incumbent on the ballot. He returns for a fifth term. Reber and Richards each are new to the office.
“It’s validation that people see a good vision for the county and see a good partnership between Preston Boop and I,” Reber said, noting the two ran as a team.
“I’m thankful that voters had enough faith in me to re-elect me to a fifth term,” Boop said.
Richards cited outgoing commissioners John Mathias and John Showers, who leave office in early January.
“I have very big shoes to fill,” Richards said. “I really appreciate and am honored by the voters having confidence in me to step into them. I look forward to serving everyone in this county.”
The winners will serve four-year terms with county Republicans maintaining a majority hold on the board. They will be sworn into office Jan. 6.
The salary for the position in 2020 is $71,452, according to the Union County Commissioners Office.
There were a combined 14,481 votes cast in the commissioner election including 46 write-in votes, according to unofficial returns. The official count will be held Friday, according to Greg Katherman, chief election coordinator and registrar.
Of 23,479 registered voters in the county, there were 7,895 total ballots cast, or 33.63 percent.