More candidates file as Saturday deadline nears

Beth Sergent -

POINT PLEASANT — With the filing deadline this Saturday, more candidates have thrown their names into local races in Mason County for the May 10 primary.

Since last week’s listing of candidates was published in the Point Pleasant Register, more have filed in races for county commission, sheriff, magistrate and the Mason County Board of Education.

The following new candidates have filed with the office of Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley:

In the race for county commission, Freddie Green, R-Fraziers Bottom, District IV, has filed which means he goes on the GOP ticket with Scott Cadle, R-Letart, District I, and Matt Roush, R-Letart, District I. Democrats who have filed in this race are Rick Pearson, D-Mason, District I, Ray Varian, D-Mason, District I and Danny Elias, D-Letart, District I.

In the race for sheriff, Joe Frank, R-Leon, has filed, which means he goes on the GOP ticket with Curtis Curt McConihay, R-Point Pleasant. Incumbent Greg Powers, D-Point Pleasant, has filed on the democrat ticket.

In the race for magistrate, John Machir of Point Pleasant had filed, as has Incumbent Cheryl Miller Ross, Point Pleasant, with both candidates from Division I. Incumbent Gail L. Roush, Letart, Division II, has also filed.

The Mason County Board of Education races saw three new candidates file since the last list was published and includes: James “JR” Neal, Gallipolis Ferry, District IV. Rhonda Tennant, Letart, District I. Mack McCarty, Ashton, District IV. As previously reported, Meagan Bonecutter, Point Pleasant, District III, has also filed. The two seats open for these races are currently held by Tom Nunnery and Paul Sayre. Eligible candidates must live in districts one, three or four.

As previously reported, candidates who have filed in other county races are as follows:

Assessor: Incumbent Ron Hickman, D-Point Pleasant. County Clerk: Incumbent Diana Cromley, D-Point Pleasant. Circuit Clerk: Incumbent Bill Withers, D-Ashton. Prosecuting Attorney: Ronald R.F. Stein Jr., R-Gallipolis Ferry.

There were no filings for surveyor or conservation district supervisor.

Again, the filing period ends this Saturday, Jan. 30. Those filing for national, state and district positions file with West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office; those filing for county offices and the Mason County Board of Education, do so at Diana Cromley’s office which will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29. Cromley’s office will not be open this Saturday, however, candidates can mail filing forms, along with the applicable fee, as long as the envelope is postmarked by midnight, this Saturday, Jan. 30. Filing fees must be paid in cash, cashiers check or money order. Personal checks and debit/credit cards are not accepted. The Mason County Clerk’s Office can be reached at 304-675-1997 to answer any filing questions and additional information can found on the county clerk’s page on Facebook.

An updated listing of candidates running for state and national offices, will appear in Saturday’s Point Pleasant Register and a finalized list of all candidates for the May primary will appear after the Jan. 30 deadline has passed.

Beth Sergent

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