POINT PLEASANT — The May Primary will definitely have its races to watch and in Mason County it appears everyone except Mothman filed for an office with competitive contests for commission, sheriff and the board of education taking shape.
The filing deadline for the primary was Saturday, Jan. 28 and it’s still a possibility more candidates could be added to the ballot if their materials are postmarked by the deadline and received by the Mason County Clerk’s Office through the U.S. mail. Also, Feb. 14 is the last day for candidates to withdrawal from any races. The W.Va. Secretary of State’s Office must certify and post lists of candidates who have filed with the secretary of state’s office on Feb. 14 – the secretary of state must certify candidates to county clerk’s by Feb. 28. On Feb. 21, a drawing by lot for order on the ballot will be conducted to determine the order of candidate’s names.
Listed below is the latest, tentative list of candidates (in alphabetical order) - again, this list is subject to change.
Mason County offices:
Assessor - Incumbent Ron Hickman (D-Point Pleasant); Stormy See (R-Point Pleasant).
Board of Education - Dr. William Capehart of Point Pleasant (District III); Mark T. Clark of Letart (District I); Incumbent Michael “Mickey” Cottrill, Jr. of Letart (District I); Jimmy Davis of Point Pleasant (District II); Greg Fowler of Point Pleasant (District II); Patrecia McGuire Gray of Leon (District II); Cassi Heib of Gallipolis Ferry (District III); Incumbent Tom Nunnery of Point Pleasant (District III); Marty Reed of Point Pleasant (District III); Sheena Reynolds of Point Pleasant (District II); Paul Sayre of Hartford (District I); Pamela J. Schwarz of Mason (District I). Candidates in this race are vying for three open seats including seats currently held by Cottrill and Nunnery as well as the seat recently given up by former Mason County School Board Member Teresa Warner.
Conservation District Supervisor - Bob Baird (R-Gallipolis Ferry).
County Commission - Marketta Crum (R-Gallipolis Ferry); Tracy Sturgeon Doolittle (R-Point Pleasant); Matthew Keefer (R-Leon); Garry Peck (R-Leon); Mickey Whalen (D-Point Pleasant); Paul Wray (D-Point Pleasant); Gene Zopp (D-Gallipolis Ferry). Candidates in this race are vying for the seat currently held by outgoing Commissioner Bob Baird.
Magistrate - Incumbent Cheryl Miller Ross (D-Point Pleasant; Incumbent Gail L. Roush (R-Letart).
Prosecuting Attorney - Bryan S. Cromley (D-Point Pleasant); Craig Tatterson (R-Point Pleasant).
Sheriff - Incumbent David L. Anthony, II (D-Point Pleasant); John Paul Casey (D-Apple Grove); Gordon Clark (R-West Columbia); Joseph Frank (R-Leon); Donnie Kapp (D-Evans); Curtis C. McConihay (R-Point Pleasant); Gregory Powers (D-Point Pleasant); James Will (D-Point Pleasant).
Surveyor - John M. Persinger (D-Gallipolis Ferry).
State and national offices:
Attorney General - Incumbent Darrell V. McGraw, Jr. (D-Charleston); Patrick Morrisey (R-Harpers Ferry).
Auditor - Incumbent Glen B. Gainer, III, (D-Parkersburg); Larry V. Faircloth (R-Martinsburg).
Commissioner of Agriculture - Walt Helmick (D-Marlington); Joe Messineo (D-Spencer); Steve Miller (D-Fort Ashby); Bob Tabb (D-Kearneysville); Mike Teets (R-Lost River).
Governor - Ralph W. Clark (R-Morgantown); Bill Maloney (R-Morgantown); Arnie Moltis (D-South Charleston); Incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin (D-Chapmanville).
House of Delegates, 13th District -Scott Cadle (R-Letart); Helen Martin (D-Poca); Harold Landers (R-Poca); Incumbent Brady R. Paxton (D-Liberty); Brian “Scotty” Scott (R-Hometown); Nathan “Nate” Westfall (R-Poca).
House of Delegates, 14th District -Kermit E. Beaver, Jr. (D-Fraziers Bottom); Darrell Justin Black (R-Milton); Jim Butler (R-Gallipolis Ferry); James M. Casey (D-Point Pleasant); John C. Casey (R-Apple Grove); Samantha Fooce (D-Point Pleasant); Jimmie Wood, Jr. (D-Point Pleasant). (Note: Six of the seven candidates running for this seat are from Mason County and include Darrell Justin Black, Jim Butler, James M. Casey, John C. Casey, Samantha Fooce and Jimmie Wood, Jr.) .
Justice Supreme Court of Appeals - J.D. Beane (D-Parkersburg); Letitia “Tish” Chafin (D-Charleston); Robin Jean Davis (D-Charleston); Allen Loughry (R-Charleston); Louis Palmer (D-Sissonville); H. John “Buck” Rogers (D-New Martinsville); James J. “Jim” Rowe (D-Lewsiburg); John Yoder (R-Harpers Ferry).
State Senate, 4th District - Michael “Mike” Bright (D-Ripley); Mitch B. Carmichael (R-Ripley); Marla D. Ingels (D-New Haven).
Secretary of State -Incumbent Natalie E. Tennant (D-Charleston); Brian Savilla (R-Southside).
Treasurer - Stephen R. “Steve” Connolly (R-Hurricane); Mike Hall (R-Hurricane); Incumbent John D. Perdue (D-Cross Lanes).
U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd District - Lee A. Bias (R-Barboursville); Bill Lester (R-Lester); Incumbent Nick J. Rahall, II (D-Beckley); Rick Snuffer (R-Beckley).
U.S. President -Keith Russell Judd (D-Texarkana, Texas); Newt Gingrich (R-McLean, Va.); President Barack Obama (D-Washington, DC); Ron Paul (R-Lake Jackson, Texas); Mitt Romney (R-Belmont, Mass.); Rick Santorum (R-Great Fall, Va.).
U.S. Senate - Sheirl Fletcher (D-Morgantown); Incumbent Joe Manchin, III, (D-Fairmont); John R. Raese (R-Morgantown).