Thomas returning

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Democrat Central Committee voted Thursday to return former commissioner Mark Thomas to the job, selecting him to fill the seat left vacant by the recent retirement of Charles Probst.

Thomas defeated Probst and three other candidates – John Mattox of Flushing, former commissioner Michael Bianconi, and Pultney Township Trustee Frank Shaffer on the committee’s second vote of the evening.

Belmont County voters elected Thomas to the commission in 2000, where he served two terms before Commissioner Matt Coffland defeated him in 2008. Thomas will now serve alongside Coffland and Ginny Favede.

Read today’s Times Leader for more details.