CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the state's 4th and 8th Senate Districts voters will be seeing a familiar face and a newcomer.
Republican Chris Walters, 26, of Nitro defeated Democrat Josh Martin, 35, of Poca in the race for the state Senate's 8th District.
Walters is a newcomer to the political arena and was heading home to relieve the babysitter when contacted to discuss his race.
Walters won 18,841 votes in Putnam and Kanawha counties to Martin's 16,847 votes.
The 8th District once was wholly Kanawha County but was expanded this year to include a portion of Putnam County. Martin and Walters were vying for the seat held by Sen. Dan Foster, D-Kanawha, who did not seek re-election.
"I'm humbled by the response," Walters said. "I'm very thankful to have great support from my wife and family. I worked hard and was away from my family a lot."
The race took a turn for the negative - with focus turning to unsavory comments attributed to a wrestling character Martin portrayed in his 20s.
Walters, who was raised in Cross Lanes works in Charleston and lives in Nitro, said there were many issues across the district he wanted to tackle and looked forward to bringing fresh ideas to the Legislature, where he will be one of the youngest members.
Martin is the son of Delegate Helen Martin, D-Putnam, and the late Delegate Dale Martin. Walters is the son of Delegate Ron Walters, R-Kanawha.
Walters said he was excited to work with his father, who also won re-election.
Martin did not answer calls for comment Tuesday night.
in the race for the 4th Senate District, Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, is trading his Delegate title for that of state Senator after defeating Democrat Mike Bright.
Carmichael will join state Senate Minority Leader Mike Hall, R-Putnam, in representing the 4th District. The 4th District covers parts of Putnam, Mason, Jackson and Roane counties. Karen Facemyer's, R-Jackson, seat was up for grabs as did not seek re-election this year.