STEUBENVILLE - David Maple was elected to his third term as Jefferson County commissioner on Tuesday, according to unofficial results from the county board of elections.
Maple, a Republican, received 17,252 votes compared to 13,594 votes received by Robert Steve Vukelic, a Democrat.
"We tried to send a message we needed consistency in that office. The county is on the verge of something important. I'm glad the voters heard that message and agreed with that message," Maple said.
He noted he is looking forward to the challenges in the next four years, but those challenges will be different from what he faced in his previous two terms. During those previous terms, Maple said he faced difficult budget decisions based on stagnant or dwindling revenue.
Maple, 46, said the biggest challenge is his next term will be managing the changes coming with the oil and gas industry.
"The budget will be different. We may actually be in a period of growth instead of a slow decline. It will be important how we manage costs. Government will try to outgrow the pace of the community," he said.
Maple said he wants to see more recreation and improvements to quality-of-life issues for county residents during his next term.
"We may have more opportunity to change the face of the county," he said.
Maple said he is looking forward to working with his two fellow commissioners, Tom Gentile, who also was re-elected, and Thomas Graham. He said the three commissioners may have different ways of approaching problems, but all three have a common goal.
"We may have different ideas of getting there, but we have the same goal," he said.