(Editor's Note: The Wetzel Chronicle mailed questions to all political candidates in races of local significance. Their responses will be printed in the April 25 and May 2 editions of the Wetzel Chronicle in a simple question and answer format.)
Wetzel County Prosecuting Attorney Timothy E. Haught is running unopposed for re-election.
Haught, a Democrat of New Martinsville, has served as prosecutor since elected to his first term in 2000. He is the son of Timothy W. Haught and the late Judy Haught.
Timothy E. Haught
He is married to the former Jill Tallman, daughter of Glenda Tallman and the late Dr. Terry Tallman. He has two children: Eric, who is a student at West Virginia University, and Anna, who attends Magnolia High School.
Haught is a graduate of the Ohio State University and the West Virginia University College of Law.
He is admitted to practice law in West Virginia and Ohio. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and all Federal Courts in West Virginia. Haught is a member of the Ohio and West Virginia Bar Associations. He served as a member of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia State Bar and was a candidate for President of the State Bar. Haught presently sits on the Lawyer Disciplinary Board and the State Bar Defense of the Judiciary Committee.
Haught is a Paul Harris Fellow and member of the New Martinsville Rotary Club.
He is an Elder at the Pine Street Church of Christ.
Do you think going from a part-time to a full-time prosecutor will help the effectiveness of your office? Explain.
Haught: I have devoted full time to this office for the past 12 years and have maintained a part-time salary to benefit the County Commission. Given the great increase in the number of crimes associated with drugs entering our county from out-of- state, I can no longer represent civil clients and I am reluctantly closing my civil practice effective July 1, 2012. I will be full-time Prosecutor as of that date.
Elaborate three main reasons you should keep this position.
Haught: First, my office has successfully prosecuted thousands of cases. Second, we have secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution, returned property, crime victims' restitution from the State and Federal government, and grant money for a victim's advocate. We have also obtained more drug convictions and forfeitures than any other prosecutor in Wetzel County's history. Third, I have the experience, character, and integrity to represent the people of Wetzel County.