BEND AREA — With only a week remaining to file for candidacy in the Mason and Hartford municipal elections, the number of candidates remains few.
Only one additional candidate has thrown their hat into the political ring in either town this week.
Cheryl Oldaker, who has served as the recorder of Hartford for over 20 years, has filed for reelection to that post. She is the lone candidate to file for any office in Hartford.
There were no additions this week to the number of candidates who have filed in the Town of Mason.
As of mid-morning Friday, Chuck Blake remains the only mayoral candidate. Seeking one of five council seats are incumbents Becky Pearson and Sharon Kearns; Misty Young, who once served as the town’s recorder; and newcomer Ricky Kearns, Jr. No one has filed for the recorder’s post.
It remains unknown if the remainder of the present administration in either town will seek reelection. In Hartford, that includes Mayor Gordon Spencer, and council members Carol Spencer, Patty Neil, David Burris, Charlotte Kimes, and Natalie Staats. Present Mason officials who have yet to announce their intentions are Mayor Donna Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Emily Henry, Marty Yeager and Bob Wing.
The final day to submit candidate forms is Jan. 28. Forms can be picked up for the Mason election at town hall, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In Hartford, the town hall is open to pick up forms Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
According to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office, candidacy papers can also be mailed. They must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than midnight on Jan. 28.
The elections will be held June 13. Officials will begin their term July 1.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.