37 Candidates File For Pocahontas County Offices In 2012

Marlinton, WV – The filing window for the 2012 election year closed on Saturday, January 28th. Judging by the number of candidates filing at the last minute, it looks to be a very interesting election season in Pocahontas County.

The candidates for Pocahontas County Commission are Christine Campbell and Dolan Irvine, democrats, and Normal Lee Alderman and Lloyd Arbogast, republican candidates. For Prosecuting Attorney, three candidates have filed – Robert “Bob” Martin, Donna Meadows Price and Martin V. Saffer, all democratic candidates.

For Sheriff, democratic candidates are Shawn Kelly, Brad Miller, Kenneth “Buster” Varner, and Ben Wilfong. Republican candidates for Sheriff are David R. Jonese, Stephen D. McCarty, Jr. and Norma Lea McDaniels.

For the office of County Assessor, democrats Leslie Cain, Jesse A. Groceclose and Tom Lane have all filed. Andrew “Andy” Friel and Scott Triplett, both republicans have also filed for the county assessor position.

For the office of Pocahontas County Magistrate, the following democratic candidates have filed: Kathy L. Beverage, Janet Kershner-Vanover, Jeff Taylor, and Carrie E. Wilfong. Republican candidates for Magistrate are Cynthia Broce-Kelley, Cheryl A. McCullough, Rebecca Morris Rabel, and Joel Srodes.

Two candidates have filed for the office of Surveyor, Brian Lee Beverage, democrat, and Rodney Gardner, republican. Several candidates have also filed for the Board of Education; from the northern district, Kenneth Vance, from the central district Cheryl Beverage, Roger D. Irvine, Lynn D. Jordan, and Randy D. Sharp, and from the southern district, Hanna Sizemore and Thomas W. Vanreenan. The top three vote getters depending on district for Board of Education, will take office on July 1st.

In state contests, three candidates have filed for US Senator; Sheirl Fletcher and Joe Manchin III, democrats and John R. Raese, republican. For the third congressional district, three candidates have also filed; Nick J. Rahall, democrat and Lee A. Bias and Bill Lester, both republican candidates.

Four candidates are vying for the office of West Virginia governor; Arnie Moltis and Earl Ray Tomblin, democrats, and Ralph William Clark and Bill Maloney, republicans. The Secretary of State contest has two candidates, Natalie E. Tennant, democratic candidate and Brian Savilla, republican candidate.

As of the evening of Sunday, January 29th, Republican Clark Barnes appeared to be unopposed for the 11th district seat of the state senate. However two other candidates, both Democrats, were added to the list on January 30th – Margaret Kerr Beckwith and Paul “P.J.” Louk.

For the House of Delegates, 43rd district, three candidates have filed; Denise L. Campbell and Bill Hartman, democrats and Donna Auvil, republican.

In the West Virginia presidential primary, the following candidates are on the May primary ballot – Keith Russell Judd and Barack Obama, democrats, and Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, republicans.

The primary election is on Tuesday May 8th.

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Heather Niday

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