Two new Board of Education members were elected in Wyoming County Tuesday night.
Retired educator Allan Stiltner and Oceana businessman Doug Lester joined incumbent Mike Davis as the top three vote getters.
Jason Mullins was returned to office for a second term on the county commission and Mike Cochrane was elected prosecutor.
There were seven candidates competing for the three BOE spots. Incumbents Tommy Knotts and Arnold Harless were defeated. Former BOE member Perry Cook and Betty Jenkins England were also in the running.
Stiltner received the most votes.
“Last year, I decided I would run,” Stiltner commented. “I’ve had people who I have a lot of confidence in who wanted me to run.
“I have an extensive background in athletics,” he said. “I was on the original committee of Title IX in this county.
He said he is also interested in technology.
“Technology is something we have to get a grasp on,”Stilter remarked.
He said he visited “nearly every part of the county” during his campaign. “I’ve met some great people.”
Stiltner was also able to re-connect with former students of his, many of them on Facebook.
“(Getting elected) was a team effort,” he stated.
Mullins won by a nearly two to one margin over former DOH supervisor David Cox.
“It shows the support of the people,” Mullins said. “The fact that they’re satisifed with what you’re doing.”
He said he wants to continue to upgrade water lines and sewer lines in areas such as Covel, Maben and Hanover.
“Improving infrastructure is important,” he commented. “We want to try to develop industry, and we have to have highways, water lines and sewer lines for that to happen.”
Getting projects funded and constructed takes a while, he pointed out.
“By the time you apply for the money, get approved, go to bid-it just takes so long,” he said. “Some of the (water) projects are being held up by AML funding. But a lot of them will start soon.
“The prices (for such projects) are astronomical,” Mullins remarked.
He said he took nothing for granted.
“I campaigned as hard as I ever have,” he said.
Wyoming County Prosecutor Mike Cochrane said he knew he would run for the office almost as soon as he was named to fill the spot vacated by the resignation of Rick Staton.
“It was early in Rick’s term, and we had a lot of things we wanted to do,” he commented.
Cochrane defeated Pam Lambert and David Thompson.
“We worked hard (to get elected),” he stated. “We put in a lot of 16 to 18 hour days. We went everywhere.”
“We have a lot of drug cases and a couple of murder cases coming up,” he commented. “We have a lot of unfinished business we want to take care of.
“I just want to keep working hard,” he added.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.
Photo: Mike Cochrane talks to a TV reporter after being elected prosecutor of Wyoming County.