MADISON — The filing deadline has passed and five days of mail has been received at the Boone County courthouse and West Virginia’s capitol, meaning a complete list of candidates for the 2014 primary election is likely available, according to County Clerk Gary Williams and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.
Williams has released the names of those who had filed by Friday, January 31. The deadline was Saturday, January 25, but sometimes mailed applications are received later. As long as the applications are postmarked by midnight, January 25, they would still be eligible to appear on the ballot. Those running only in Boone County file with Williams while candidates in multi-county races file with the secretary of state.
In what is likely to be one of the liveliest races at the county level, incumbent Democrat County Commissioner Eddie Hendricks will be challenged in the primary by Scotty Dale Cook. Hendricks lives in Uneeda and Cook is from Hewett.
Since 2014 is what is termed an “off-year” election, the remaining courthouse positions are not on the ballot this time.
Ronnie Perdue a Democrat from Peytona is running for conservation district supervisor in District 1. He is unopposed at this point.
Candidates for non-partisan board of education include Danny Lee Cantley of Racine in District 1. He will be challenged by Joe S. Taglienge, Jr of Nellis.
Mark E. Sumpter of Madison is running for the board from District 3.
Republican executive committee candidates include Joseph McCormick of Seth in District 1; Elizabeth “Libby” Brown of Wharton, Christopher Wayne Dolin of Danvilleand Barry Grant Howell of Van in District 2; and Donna Lou Gosney, Mark Nelson and Larry Lyon in District 3. One male and one female member of each district is eligible to be elected to both the Republican and Democrat executive committees.
Anita D. Perdue of Nellis, Susan Grubbs of Whitesville, Donald Mickey Hottle of Seth, Ryan Graley of Ashford, and Roger Dale Toney of Ashford are running for the Democrat committee in District 1. In District 2, the candidates are Pamela Ann White of Wharton, Susan Baisden of Gordon, Harry Thomas of Gordon and Emory Carter of Madison.
District 3 Democrat candidates are Rachael Stephens of Julian, Sheila Krueger of Madison, Emory L. Browning of Morrisvale and Gary R. Brown of Madison.
The executive committee and school board winners are elected in the May primary with the county commission winner being chosen in the November general election.
Questions regarding the upcoming election can be directed to Williams at 304-369-7331.s
On the state and district level, Republican candidates for the U.S. senate include Republicans Larry Eugene Butcher, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, and Matthew Dodrill. Democrats are Dennis Melton, Natalie Tennant and David B. Wamsley.
Candidates for the house of representatives from the third district, which includes Boone, Logan and Mingo counties, are Democrats Richard Ojeda and incumbent Congressman Nick Joe Rahall; and Republican state senator Evan Jenkins.
Republican Gary Johngrass will challenge incumbent Democrat state senator Ron Stollings from Boone County. In house of delegates District 22, incumbent Democrats Josh Barker of Boone County and Jeff Eldridge of Lincoln are running for re-election. Another Democrat, former Lincoln County school board member Gary McCallister, is running. Republicans Michel G. Moffatt and Justin Mullins also filed. Two members are elected in this district, which includes most of Boone County.
Democrat Barry L. Brown is set to run against incumbent Republican Delegate Joshua Nelson in the 23rd District. Brown is from Van and Nelson resides in Seth. The 23rd Dist. includes a portion of Boone County.
Members of the state Democrat and Republican executive committees will also be chosen in the May primary. A list of those names will include in a future edition of this newspaper.