POINT PLEASANT — Early voting in Mason County begins next week and the Point Pleasant Register is now accepting information from candidates for free publication in upcoming previews of general election races.
Early voting begins Oct. 26 through Nov. 5 at the Mason County Courthouse, in the county commission room on the second floor. Early voting is available on weekdays during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Polls are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at polling places across Mason County on election day, Nov. 8, if early voting is not an option. For questions about early voting call the office of Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley for more information at 304-675-1997.
The deadline to register to vote in the election was Tuesday, Oct. 18. The latest statistics from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office show, in Mason County, there are 18,010 registered voters, of which, there are 8,471 Democrats, 6,267 Republicans, 17 Mountain Party, 40 Libertarians, 2,616 no party, 599 other party.
In an effort to provide readers with information on candidates, the Point Pleasant Register will provide free previews of races in our own printed version of a “meet the candidates” forum. Candidates who are on the ballot (this includes contested and uncontested races) may submit the following to the Point Pleasant Register by 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 for publication consideration:
1. In 200 words or less, list your employment and educational background, endorsements, etc. You may also include any community or church organizations you are involved with but remember, it must be in 200 words or less.
2. In 300 words or less, answer the question: “Why I decided to run for this office?”
3. A headshot (or closeup) of the candidate only.
Due to available space in the print edition, the word limit restrictions must be followed. The Point Pleasant Register reserves the right to edit the material to fit the word count stipulation which ensures all candidates get a fair and balanced space to express their platforms. Candidates should keep their submissions about their own qualifications and about the issues.
The preferred method of submission is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or, materials can be dropped off at the Register’s office during regular business hours, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday (office is closed from noon – 1 p.m. for lunch). There is a “night deposit drop” on the side of the building that faces the Twin Towers if a candidate wishes to leave materials but be sure everything is clearly marked and note if you wish to pick up your materials after they appear in the newspaper. In addition, stories on all the races profiled in the print edition will be shared on our website and Facebook page.
The previews will begin to appear in the daily editions of the Point Pleasant Register immediately following the Oct. 28 deadline.
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