Honoring Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams

We come to honor the memory of Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams who offered his life in the service of country and who has now enrolled in the Great Spirit Army, whose footfalls cause no sound, but in the memory of mankind, their souls go marching on, sustained by the pride of service in time of war. Because of them our lives are free; because of them our nation lives; because of them the world is blessed.

Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II and the oldest living recipient of the medal, died Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Huntington, WV at the VA Medical Center named in his honor. He was 98 years old. Woody retired after serving 20 years in the United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves.

The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State truly appreciates his many years of service to our program.

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WVARNG BG Holt speaks to ALMBS citizens

WVARNG BG Holt – Brig. Gen. Murray E. “Gene” Holt is the Assistant Adjutant General – Army and commander of the West Virginia Army National Guard.  As the Assistant Adjutant General, he provides command and control over all Army National Guard forces assigned to the state and is the principal advisor to the Adjutant General on all matters related to the Army National Guard.

Brig. Gen. Holt enlisted in the West Virginia Army National Guard in 1985 and received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at West Virginia State University in May of 1990 after completing his undergraduate education in accounting. Brig. Gen. Holt began his military career as a platoon leader in the 3664th Maintenance Company and later as a press officer and commander of the 153rd Public Affairs Detachment. Since that time, he has served in the engineer branch in a myriad of positions including construction management officer, engineer

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2022 ALMBS Statewide General Election Results

Executive Offices

Governor – (Willy B) Will Behrens (N)
Secretary of State – (Sam) Samuel Stotler (N)
Auditor – (Tommy) Thomas Nixon (F)
Treasurer – Atticus Reese (F)
Commissioner of Agriculture – (Grow your Future) Colin Street (F)
Attorney General – Zander (Da) Lamp (F)

Justice of the Supreme Court

Caden Youngblood
John (Jay) Huff
(The One & Only) Declan Hall
Thomas (Big Ol’ Rock) Giggenbach
Chase (Your Dreams) Steorts

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2022 Lewis/Upshur General Election Results

County Results

Sheriff –  Riley Blair (N)
County Clerk – Sam Chambers (N)
Circuit Clerk – Cameron Kearns (N)
Assessor – Seth Pagano (F)
Prosecuting Attorney – Cameron Kearns (N)
County Commission (3) – Patrick Childers (F), Matthew McAra (F)
House of Delegates – Caleb Hill (N), Seth Sions (N)
State Senate (2) – Andrew Davis (F)

City Results

Mayor – Vacant
City Council (3) – Payton Martin (F), Patrick Childers (F), Curry Taylor (F)

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2022 Kanawha General Election Results

County Results

Sheriff – Wyatt Burkholder (N)
County Clerk – Jordan Phillips (N)
Circuit Clerk – Shelby Marsh (N)
Assessor – Zach Barker (N)
Prosecuting Attorney – Ryan Ramey (N)
County Commission (3) – Jackson Simpkins (F), Shawn Hall (N)
House of Delegates – Trenton Denne (F), Nathaniel Cook (N), Caleb Bryoles (N)
State Senate (2) – Alexander Alvarez (F), Jarrett Newlan (N)

City Results

Mayor – Nicholas Myers (F)
City Council (3) – David Kapp (F), Carter Gaughan (F)

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2022 Panhandle General Election Results

County Results

Sheriff – Zachary Bole (F)
County Clerk – Kevin Moloney (N)
Circuit Clerk – Angelo Mitchell (N)
Assessor – Zachary Tackett (F)
Prosecuting Attorney – Bradey McMullen (N)
County Commission (3) – Nicholas Fantasisa (N), Lucas Marsh (N)
House of Delegates – Christopher May (N), Hunter Gracey (N), Koty Trenum (N)
State Senate (2) – Ayden Ward (F), Ayden Hohn (N)

City Results

Mayor – Alexander Azrt (N)
City Council (3) – Seth Harris (N), Zane Yeater (N)

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2022 Marion General Election Results

County Results

Sheriff – Anthony Adkins (N)
County Clerk – Isaiah Redman (N)
Circuit Clerk – Vacant
Assessor – Trey Pritt (F)
Prosecuting Attorney – James Armstrong (N)
County Commission (3) – Marshall Reynolds (N), Vacant, Vacant.
House of Delegates – William McGinnis (F), Austin Silva (F), Ryan Hefner (N)
State Senate (2) – Pierse Happel (F), Sam Stotler (N)

City Results

Mayor – Trey Pritt (F)
City Council (3) – Pierse Happel (F), River Knotts (F), Austin Adams (F)

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2022 Monroe/Webster General Election Results

County Results

Sheriff – Kohlton St.Clair (N)
County Clerk – Ethan Clark (N)
Circuit Clerk – Hunter Bryant (N)
Assessor – Matthew Keatley (N)
Prosecuting Attorney – Charles Frizzell (N)
County Commission (3) – Hunter Trippett (F), Aiden Smith (F), Robert Tinnel (F)
House of Delegates – Jacob Maue (F), Avery McDonald (N), Colin Walker (N)
State Senate (2) – Will Thompson (N), Matthew Junkins (N)

City Results

Mayor – Pacey Frum (N)
City Council (3) – Chase Henderson (F), Benjamin Peters (F)

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2022 Randolph County General Election Results

County Results

Sheriff – Remington Mowery (F)
County Clerk – Christian Wine (F)
Circuit Clerk – Tyler Bolyard (F)
Assessor – Jeremiah Clum (N)
Prosecuting Attorney – Rowen Mills (F)
County Commission (3) – Dillon Miller (F), Evan Dipasquale (N)
House of Delegates – Wyatt Debord (F), Christian Gottlieb (N), Antonio Hidalgo (N)
State Senate (2) – Tyler Mooris (F), William Poole (N)

City Results

Mayor – Logan McCartney (N)
City Council (3) – Garrett Pritt (F), Dalton Cook (F), Anthony Mele (N)

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Commissioner of Agriculture, Kent Leonhardt Speaks to ALMBS Citizens

For Kent, farming and agriculture aren’t just hobbies, they’re at the core of who he is. Kent is a long-time farmer – even taking a once-abandoned farm back into production with his wife Shirley. Prior to taking office, he raised cattle, goats, and sheep on their 380-acre farm near Fairview in Monongalia County, West Virginia.

Kent’s life has always been about service above self. Kent served as a United States Marine for over 20 years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1996. As a Marine, Kent received numerous decorations including the Legion of Merit, Combat Action Ribbon, and eight other personal decorations.

After retiring from service and bringing his farm into full production, Kent sought other ways to serve and was elected a West Virginia State Senator from the secondSenate district. As senator, Kent quickly gained a reputation as a strong advocate for a business-friendly environment to foster