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Marshall County commissioner race includes two familiar faces

There's one local contested race in this year's election in Marshall County. (WTOV)

There's one local contested race in this year's election in Marshall County.

That race is for Marshall County commissioner. Two well-known men in the county are vying for that position: Democrat John Gruzinskas and Republican incumbent Stan Stewart.

Here's some background on each of the candidates. Gruzinskas is the former county sheriff and is retired from the West Virginia State Police after serving 25 years. He hopes to concentrate on reducing crime and making education a top priority.

Stewart is the incumbent commission president. He was appointed to his commission seat in 2014 after Brian Schambach moved to Belmont County. He hopes to keep his seat and focus on economic development.

“It gives me an opportunity to commit to the people. Anytime you're working with the public like I have with the school system for five years, give new opportunities and serving people in the county is a goal,” Stewart said.

“When I was sheriff, when they called, they got me, not a secretary, and if they needed a sheriff I was always available and I’d like to continue that as commissioner,” Gruzinskas said.

Both candidates have been all over the county campaigning. Other key races we are following include state senator and house of delegates. Coming up on NEWS9 at 6, we'll break down who's running for state senator.

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