A look at the upcoming ballot


Early voting begins Oct. 24

Staff Report



POINT PLEASANT — Election season is here and early voting in West Virginia begins this Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Early voting will continue through Saturday, Nov.3 and is done between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Early voting takes place on the second floor of the Mason County Courthouse in the County Commission meeting room. There will be poll workers in the lobby to assist voters to one of six voting machines in the early voting room. Voters need to bring a form of ID with them whether it be their photo ID or their voter registration card. For more information, contact the office of Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley at 304-675-1997.

Voters will cast ballots in the following races:

Mason County Commission: Tracy Sturgeon Doolittle (R), Point Pleasant, District II. Doolittle, an incumbent, is running for re-election and a second term in office. Listed as the Democratic candidate is the late Pauletta Randolph King. As previously reported, King recently passed away but will still appear on the ballot due to her death occurring so near to the actual election. Should a deceased candidate win the elected position, the Mason County Commission has an allotted amount of time to appoint an individual of the democratic party to fill the deceased’s position. If the Mason County Commission does not choose an appointment within the allotted time frame, the choice will go to the executive committee. County commissioners are elected to six-year terms.

Mason County Circuit Clerk: Suzi Caldwell (D), Point Pleasant, is the Democrat running for this office. Caldwell, the incumbent, was appointed to this position in July 2017 following the retirement of former Circuit Clerk Bill Withers. Elizabeth A. Jones (R), is the Republican running for this office. The candidate winning this race will serve out Withers’ unexpired term which ends in 2022.

U.S. Senate: Incumbent Joseph Manchin, III (D), Fairmont; Patrick Morrisey (R), Harpers Ferry; Rusty Hollen (LB), Clarksburg.

U.S. House of Representatives, Congressional District 3: Richard Ojeda, II, (D), Holden. Carol Miller (R), Huntington.

State Senate, Senatorial District 4: Eric J. Tarr (R), Scott Depot. Brian Prim (D), Fraziers Bottom. Amy Nichole Grady (No Affiliation), Leon.

House of Delegates, District 13: Incumbent Scott Brewer (D), New Haven. Scott Cadle (R), Letart. Incumbent Joshua Kurt Higginbotham (R), Poca. Todd Mullins (I), Leon.

House of Delegates, District 14: Incumbent Jim Butler (R), Gallipolis Ferry. Brianne Solomon (D), Culloden.

Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia Division 1: Mark Hunt, Charleston; Chris Wilkes, Martinsburg; Hiram “Buck” Lewis, IV, Procious; Joanna I. Tabit, Charleston; Jeff C. Woods, Nitro; Harry C. “Bo” Bruner, Jr., Charleston; Ronald H. Hatfield, Jr., Huntington; Tim Armstead, Elkview; Robert H. Carlton, Williamson; D.C. Offutt, Jr., Barboursville.

Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia Division 2: Jim Douglas, Charleston; William Stewart Thompson, Madison; Jeffrey Kessler, Glen Dale; Jim O’Brien, Wheeling; Brenden D. Long, Hurricane; William Schwartz, Charleston; Robert J. Frank, Lewisburg; Dennise Renee Smith, Charleston; Evan Jenkins, Huntington; Marty “Redshoes” Sheehan, Wheeling.

Constitutional Amendments:

Amendment No. 1: No Constitutional right to abortion Amendment: To amend the West Virginia Constitution to clarify that nothing in the Constitution of West Virginia secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.

Amendment No. 2: Judicial Budget Oversight Amendment: Providing that the total general revenue appropriations to the judiciary may be reduced in the budget bill, and setting forth the required procedures to be followed by the Legislature to enact any decrease in the total general revenue appropriations to the judiciary to an amount that is less than 85 percent of the amount of the total general revenue appropriations to the judiciary in the most recently enacted budget; providing that when requested by the Legislature, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals must appear and be heard and answer inquiries relative any budget bill; and conforming language relating to the introduction of the budget and matters that may be taken up during extended sessions to more recent amendments to the constitution.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Erin Perkins contributed to this article.

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Early voting begins Oct. 24

Staff Report