POINT PLEASANT — Republicans in the City of Point Pleasant turned out Friday night in full force for their convention, nominating incumbents and some newcomers with familiar faces in the community.
The convention, which had a substantial turnout, was convened by former Mayor Leonard “Buster” Riffle who was elected as the permanent chair of the convention, followed by Mike Shaw being elected as the convention’s secretary.
The first order of business was to nominate a candidate for mayor with Incumbent Brian Billings being unanimously approved for the ticket. Next, nominations were taken for city clerk with Incumbent Amber Tatterson being unanimously approved.
When it came to council-at-large nominations, those were also unanimously secured by Incumbents Janet Hartley and Charles Towner.
At this point in the convention, those in attendance broke up into their respective wards to discuss appointing two committee members from the ward who then nominated a candidate for city council. After the discussions, the following were nominated for city council: First Ward: Incumbent Elizabeth Jones. Second Ward: Robert McMillan. Third Ward: Mary Jane Getty. Fourth Ward: Leigh Ann Shepard. Fifth Ward: Incumbent Elaine Hunt. Sixth Ward: Olivia Burdette Warner. Seventh Ward: Courtney Hall. Eighth Ward: Incumbent Rick Simpkins.
Committee members from each ward then gathered and appointed Shaw as chairman of the Point Pleasant Republican Party.
Before breaking the convention, Billings spoke to those in attendance, saying he’s never been more “excited” and “energized” about the positive things happening in Point Pleasant and the “great citizens who want to be involved” in local government. In addition, Billings praised Tatterson in her role as city clerk, and acknowledged outgoing council members Bob Doeffinger of the second ward, Charles Garland of the sixth ward and Bob Rulen of the seventh ward for their service. He also praised the incumbents who were returning to the ballot for another chance to serve and the new faces who stepped up for the ticket.
“I’m excited to serve another term and this is a team effort to keep Point Pleasant rolling in the right direction,” Billings said.
Tatterson then spoke to those at the convention, saying she appreciated those turning out for the event. She spoke about her background, saying she was appointed to the position in 2009, was elected in 2012 and she hoped to stay on the job but needed and appreciated the support of those gathered to continue.
The GOP candidates for the Point Pleasant Municipal Election will be facing a Democratic ticket that includes the following: Mayor: Jeremy Bryant. City Clerk: Jimmie Wood Jr. Council-at-large: Brandy Barkey Sweeney and Marty Reed. First Ward: Kathy Gardner. Second Ward: Jerrie Howard. Third Ward: Gabe Roush. Fourth ward: Brandon Sweeney. Fifth Ward: Lauren Caldwell-Billiter. Sixth Ward: Cody Lambert. Seventh Ward: Brad Deal. Eighth Ward: Ashley Wood.
The municipal election for the City of Point Pleasant will be held on May 10 which is also primary election day in the State of West Virginia. Voters in Point Pleasant will be casting votes for city races on the same ballot as national, state, county and other non-partisan races. More on the city’s election, and the candidates, in upcoming editions of the Point Pleasant Register.
Those who win on May 10, take office on July 1 to serve four-year terms.
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