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More File for Election In Wetzel County

By Staff | Feb 3, 2016

The 2016 Primary Election is shaping up to be an exciting one for Wetzel County, as well as the City of New Martinsville.

Several residents chose to toss their hats into the ring just before the filing deadline on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Since the Wetzel Chronicle’s previous election update on Jan. 27, several political races have seen new entries.

Amy J. Cooley, Christie Watkins Priem and Brian Price have all filed for seats on the Wetzel County Board of Education. They join William E. “Bill” Jones, Warren Grace and Incumbent Carolyn Lemasters Gatian, who all previously filed.

Cindy K. Glasscock has joined Lori Wetzel McCoy in the race for Circuit Clerk.

Lisa Heasley, Keith Nelsen and Steve Pallisco are each vying for a seat on the Wetzel County Commission and incumbent Timothy Haught is the only individual filed in the Prosecuting Attorney race.

Filing for the non-partisan magistrate’s office were Thomas J. Shepherd in Division One, and Judith Goontz, Billie Jo Zimmerman, and Lisa R. Kocher Yoho in Division Two.

Henry M. Parsons has filed for Surveyor, and incumbent Scott Lemley, along with Eric W. Burke are vying for the position of Assessor.

Mark Eller, James Hoskins, and Mike Koontz have all tossed their hats into the ring for the sheriff’s race.

Howard Henderson and Allen Rush have both entered the race for Conservation District Supervisor.

Carol Haught, incumbent, has entered the race for County Clerk.

For the city of New Martinsville, Jeremy Shepherd, First Ward; and Iris Isaacs, Sixth Ward; are both hoping to keep their seats on the city council. Joel Potts has entered the race for the Fifth Ward council seat.

The race for mayor has seen several entries, including Steven A. Bohrer, Jeff Montgomery, Frances Headley, and Jeff Wright.

Statewide, Mike Manypenny and Incumbent David McKinley have entered the race for the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressional District One.

Casey Corliss, Mike Maroney, Ginger Nalley, and Lisa Zukoff have all entered the race for the West Virginia State Senate, District Two, and Dave Pethtel and Phillip W. Wiley are vying for the West Virginia House of Delegates position for District Five.

For the Circuit Court Judge position for Judicial Circuit 2, Jeffrey D. Cramer and John Artimez, Division One, have filed, along with David W. Hummel, Jr., Division Two.


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In order to give political newcomers a fair chance to run against incumbents, the Wetzel Chronicle will not publish photographs of politicians giving gifts or donations two weeks prior to the election. Further, we will not print political announcements such as the awarding of grants in that two week timeframe.

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For clarification of any of the above or for additional information, contact the Wetzel Chronicle at editor@wetzelchronicle.com, write to P.O. Box 289, New Martinsville, WV 26155, phone at 304-455-3300, or fax at 304-455-1275.