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Candidates Continue To File for Office

By Staff | Jan 27, 2016

MIDDLEBOURNE – More candidates have announced their intentions during the second week of filing for elective office. The filing period for countywide offices ends Jan. 30.

According to the West Virginia Secretary of State (SOS), Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Cramer filed as a candidate for election. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Cramer to the position in June 2015.

Moundsville attorney John Artimez has also filed as a candidate for Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge, according to the SOS. He presently works out of the Moundsville office of Bordas & Bordas.

The non-partisan election for judge will be May 10 – same day as the primary election.

The newspaper will publish the names of other candidates in subsequent editions as they file for office.

According to the SOS, these candidates have filed their respective offices.

T. Chris Combs of West Union is a candidate in the Democratic primary for House of Delegates District 6.

Ginger Nalley of Sistersville is a candidate in the Republican primary for State Senate District 2.

According to the Tyler County Clerk’s office, these people registered as candidates for countywide office before the Tyler Star News’ press deadline this week.

Eric Vincent filed is running for county commissioner in the Republican primary.

Arnold Schoolcraft is running for county commission in the Democratic primary.

Last week, Linda Hoover registered as a candidate for another term on the Board of Education, a non-partisan race.

Earlier, Tyler County Sheriff Earl P. “Bob” Kendle Jr. and Mary Dotson, incumbent, filed as candidates for Division 1 magistrate, a non-partisan race. Tyler County Sheriff Chief Deputy Dean Pratt has filed as a Republican candidate for sheriff.

Michael Griffin has filed as candidates for Division II magistrate, a non-partisan race. Griffin, the incumbent, is seeking re-election. Jack Hayes, the incumbent, and Michael Galluzzo have filed as Republican candidates for assessor. Teresa “Terry” Hamilton, the incumbent, has filed as a Republican candidate for county clerk. D. Luke Furbee, the incumbent, has filed as a Republican candidate for prosecutor. Candy L. Warner, the incumbent, has filed as a Republican candidate for circuit clerk. A county commission seat will also be on the May 10 ballot.

Non-partisan races include two seats on the county’s board of education, surveyor and as conservation district supervisor.

The filing period for Sistersville City Council ends Saturday, Jan. 30. Write-in candidates have until Feb. 4 to file. The city’s election is slated for March. 24. City Recorder Edwards said in addition to the mayoral election, there are four open slots for council seats. This is a non-partisan municipal election.

According to City Hall, Greg Gage filed recently as a council candidate for Second Ward before the Tyler Star News’ press deadline this week. The newspaper will publish the names of other candidates in subsequent editions as they file for office.

Earlier, Alex King filed as a candidate for a council seat representing the third ward. Bill Rice has filed for re-election to another term as mayor. A prospective candidate for city council or mayor has to be a qualified voter of the city and ward. All a resident has to do to get on the ballot is to pay a filing fee for whatever position that person seeks. The filing to be a candidate for council is $10 and $20 for mayor. Candidate applications must be notarized.

Candidates who file are asked to contact the Tyler Star News so arrangements can be made to prepare candidate profiles for a later edition. The newspaper’s phone number is 304-652-4141 or via email, which works best, at mlayton@tylerstarnews.com.