MASON COUNTY — Races for county commission are often of high interest to local voters and this election cycle, the race in Mason County is also unusual.
Running for the seat are Incumbent Tracy Sturgeon Doolittle (R) and the late Pauletta Randolph King, who was the democratic nominee.
Only a few weeks before the general election which is coming up this Tuesday, King, a downtown Point Pleasant business owner, passed away following a brief illness. Due to the time frame of her untimely passing, the law requires her name remain on the ballot.
As previously reported, according to County Clerk Diana Cromley, in the case of a candidate’s death prior to an election, if the death occurs 25 days prior to the election the candidate’s position can be filled by another candidate on the ballot. However, if the death occurs closer to the election, the deceased candidate will remain on the ballot for the election.
Should King 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.
Leading up to the general election, the Point Pleasant Register has solicited information from candidates running for local office – the Register asked all candidates for background information and to answer the question, “Why I decided to run for this office?” The same request for information was delivered to Doolittle and was slated to be delivered to King. Should King win, the person appointed to that seat will eventually be profiled in the Register.
Appearing below is the requested material from Doolittle for this race.
Tracy Sturgeon Doolittle
Tell us about yourself
The daughter of Joy and the late Jack Sturgeon of Gallipolis Ferry, I’ve been married to Sammie Doolittle for 26 years. I’m the mother of Derrick (Loren) Watterson, Garrett (Whitney) Watterson, Levi Doolittle, and the grandmother of six. A graduate of Point Pleasant High School, I attended Marshall University. A member of Good Shepherd UM Church, I’ve been a Mason County 4-H leader for over 20 years; on the Mason County Fair Livestock Sale Buyers Group Committee; small business owner with All About You beauty salon; member of the Economic Development Board; was employed as Chief Tax Deputy in the Mason County Tax Office for 23 years.
Why I decided to run for this office
I am asking you to allow me to serve as your commissioner. As your commissioner, I‘m doing the best I can to attract and promote new businesses and the jobs they will bring into our county. As a small business owner, I understand what a difference they make. I’m laying the groundwork for opportunity and industrial development in our county. I believe in our county, our people and our future. Together we will make it happen.