POINT PLEASANT — The filing period for the May Primary begins Monday.
Candidates seeking office will have until Jan. 30 to file during what is shaping up to be a busy election year in Mason County, West Virginia and the nation.
Those filing for county offices and the Mason County Board of Education can do so at the Mason County Clerk’s Office starting Monday during regular business hours, which are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Candidates can mail filing forms, along with the applicable fee, but the envelope must be postmarked by midnight Jan. 30. Filing fees must be paid in cash, cashiers check or money order. Personal checks and debit/credit cards are not accepted. County Clerk Diana Cromley’s office can be reached at 304-675-1997 to answer any filing questions.
Offices for county clerk, circuit court clerk, county commission (one seat with eligible candidates living in districts one and four), prosecuting attorney, sheriff, assessor and magistrate (two seats) will all be up for grabs during the May Primary. As previously reported, the county commission seat up for grabs is the one currently occupied by Commissioner Miles Epling, who confirmed this week he will not seek re-election. Commissioner Rick Handley was re-elected in 2014 and Commissioner Tracy Doolittle’s term isn’t up until 2018.
Also decided in May, two seats on the Mason County Board of Education with eligible candidates living in Districts 1, 3 and 4. Board members Tom Nunnery and Paul Sayre currently hold the seats that will be decided in May for terms that begin July 1.
The City of Point Pleasant will be voting on mayor, city clerk, two council-at-large seats and eight council seats from each ward. These will also be decided in May for four-year terms which begin July 1. The March caucuses decide which candidates will be seeking what seats from their respective parties. As in 2012, the city’s election will be held the day of the May Primary and handled by the county clerk’s office for a fee paid by the City of Pleasant.
The Town of New Haven will be conducting its own municipal election, which is slated for June 7. Elected will be a mayor, recorder and five council members. The filing period is also Monday through Saturday, Jan. 30. Those wishing to run for office can sign up at the town hall Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no filing fee. The date for any candidate wishing to withdraw from the election is Feb. 16, and new officials will take office on July 1 for a two-year term.
In addition, surveyor and conservation district supervisor will be on the May ballot.
Those running for state offices or multi-county offices can file with the West Virginia Secretary of State starting Monday.
At the end of the day on Monday, the Point Pleasant Register will check with the county clerk’s office to see who has filed for office and then wrap up with a final list of candidates after Jan. 30.
The primary election is Tuesday, May 10, while the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
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