Incumbent Republican Delegate Jeff Tansill of Taylor County won a second term Tuesday, representing the 42nd delegate district.

Unofficial results gave Tansill 3,014 votes over Democratic challenger Mike Manypenny’s 2,587 votes, a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent.

Those totals were overall for the delegate district, which primarily is in Taylor County but also goes into parts of Marion and Monongalia counties.

“I’m just thankful that the voters had enough confidence to send me back,” Tansill said late Tuesday.

Tansill, a former Grafton mayor who got into politics 10 years ago when he was appointed to fill a vacancy on city council, summed up his platform this way: “More jobs, less taxes.”

“I know it sounds generic, but we’ve made progress in the Legislature in the past two years.”

Challenger Manypenny expressed disappointment both in the voter turnout and in the results.

“I tried to knock on as many doors as possible,” he said. “I knocked on 2,000 doors. Maybe I needed to knock on another 1,000 to get the word out on my platform.”

Owner of Oak Grove Greenhouse, Manypenny also does volunteer work at a food bank called Project HOP2E and is an advocate of recycling.

Tansill, a manager for a petroleum distribution company, said he wants to help improve the business climate in the state.

“You cross the mountain into Virginia, and we used to be one state,” he said. “Now, they’re No. 1 in business, and we’re 48 or 49. Something is wrong. It’s not the mountain. It’s government, but we’re working on that.”

E-mail Mary Wade Burnside at mwburnside@timeswv.com.

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