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Harris Talks Magistrate With The Wetzel Chronicle

By Staff | May 26, 2020

Donnie Harris

Donnie Harris wants to be the next Magistrate of Wetzel County. He says it is an opportunity he has been waiting on for several years and when the position became available he knew it was time to put the experience and knowledge he’s gained over the years to work for the county and the people.

“I’ve been working with the public for over 30 years as a police officer. It’s been my lifetime career, I’m well trained, I have experience in many aspects of the law, including 17 years as a Municipal Court Judge,” Harris said.

“My judicial experience includes being court judge in Paden City, Sistersville. I believe that experience gave me an understanding of how the court system works.” Harris said he has attended many training classes and has kept up to date on many aspects of the law. He is currently a detective with the New Martinsville Police Department.

If elected he promises to apply his extensive knowledge and experience to make good, honest and fair decisions for the citizens of Wetzel County. He promises to be a firm and compasionate Magistrate, who will base his decisions on the facts presented to the court after thorough examination of the evidence.

He describes himself as a good listener, fair and impartial, knowledgeable, and a good investigator who knows how to read people. “Everyone who comes into my court will be quaranteed an opportunity to present their views and evidence without interference. I will examine each case carefully and dilligently to make sure there is no prejudice.”

“I have been endorsed by the Upper Ohio Valey Building and Trade Council, the Marshall, Wetzel Tyler Central Labor Council of the WV AFL-CIO, and the Wetzel County Deputy Sheriff Association, however I am indebted to no one and I will never let anyone influence my decisions based on endorsements,” said Harris. He said endorsements and support were given to him based on his qualifications and the notion that he would be the best person for the job.

The Chronicle asked Harris what message he wanted to get out to the public. He responsed that he wants the people to know he has worked his whole career for this opportunity and he promises to give each case the respect it deserves, and he’ll be unbiased regardless of the circumstances surrounding what ever the case may be.

“I humbly ask for your support in the upcoming election for Magistrate of Wetzel County on June 9, 2020. And I ask you to let me put my knowledge and experience to work for you”