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Preston County Commissioner Don Smith wins a second term

KINGWOOD — Unofficial election results show Preston County Commissioner Don Smith elected to another term.

With 28 of 28 precincts reporting, Smith had 8,749 (77.40%) votes, while Independent Lynn Housner had 2,554 votes (22.60%).

Smith, a Republican, said it’s “humbling” to know voters put their faith in him for a second term.

“The few people I was able to talk to because of the times we live in were nice enough to tell me they voted for me because I’ve done a good job and I was doing what they wanted me to,” he said.

Smith plans to continue putting pressure on the state to fix the roads, including working with state delegates and senators on that. Expanding broadband is another item on his agenda, along with tourism and business.

“I want to continue just working as hard as I can to listen to whatever [the voters] say and continue to go forward,” Smith said.

Housner visited every city council in the county and put forth ideas for the future. While he said Tuesday that he’s not sure if he will run for office again because of his age — he’s 70 -he won’t be inactive.

“I think I’ll still continue to work for Preston County,” Housner said.

That includes working with the Preston Tourism Forum, the convention and visitors bureau and the Kingwood Blueprint Communities Committee.

“A lot of the ideas that I had I’ll continue working on them and working in Preston County in any capacity that I can,” Housner said.