Weld headed to state Senate

Delegate Ryan Weld (R-Brooke County) will move to the upper chamber of the state Capitol in January, as voters elected him to represent West Virginia’s 1st Senate District, complete, but unofficial, results showed late Tuesday.

“I am truly overwhelmed by this,” Weld said while celebrating. “It is just such a relief to see that the work that my wife and I put into all of this has culminated in this victory.”

Preliminary results late Tuesday showed Weld with 21,056 votes, while incumbent Sen. Jack Yost (D-Brooke County) collected 20,178.

“Tonight was a huge win,” Weld said. “Our state has big problems, and I am eager to move on to the Senate to help us deal with them.”

Weld, who works as an assistant prosecutor in Brooke County, said the state’s opioid addiction problem is his primary priority.

“I want to craft legislation that will help us deal with our drug problems. If we can’t fix that, we’re going to have a hard time attracting the kind of jobs we need to bring to West Virginia. I am really looking forward to getting to work.”

The 1st Senate District involves the Northern Panhandle, including all of Hancock County. The territory also includes both Brooke and Ohio counties as well as a portion of Marshall County.

According to Hancock County results, Weld received 6,853 votes to the incumbent’s 5,534 total.

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