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Goontz Files For Re-Election

By Staff | Jan 29, 2020

Judith Phillips Goontz

Incumbent Judith Phillips Goontz has filed for re-election as Wetzel County Magistrate. Magistrate Goontz, of New Martinsville, and life-long resident of Wetzel County, took office July 1, 1980 and is one of West Virginia’s most experienced and qualified magistrates.

Goontz has served ten terms as Wetzel County Magistrate and is asking the Wetzel County voters for another term.

“If re-elected, I will continue and look forward to serving the people of Wetzel County,” Goontz said. “I will judge each case on its own merits, and apply the West Virginia criminal and civil law and be impartial, honest, and fair.”

While in office, Goontz has continued furthering her education by attending the University of Virginia Law Academy in Charlottesville, Va. She has also completed and has been certified by the national judicial academy and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals certification.

Prior to assuming her duties on the bench forty years ago, Goontz worked in the Wetzel County Circuit Clerk’s office for six years. She’s also been employed by the West Virginia Division of Highways, the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Department, and the Wetzel County Board of Education.

She is the mother of two children: L.G. Goontz (Jackie) of Salem, Ohio and Lisa Goontz Feldmeier (Brian) of New Martinsville. She has four grandchildren: Larry, Nicole, Hillary, and Haley.

“It’s been my honor and privilege to serve the people of Wetzel County for the past forty years as magistrate,” Goontz said. “If re-elected I will continue to show the same dedication.”

Goontz is running in Division I.