MADISON — Multiple offices are on the ballot for the general election in Boone County, set for Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Early voting is already underway and will end Saturday, Nov. 5. Early voting takes place at the Boone County Courthouse Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Several local candidates have submitted profiles. Visit www.coalvalleynews.com and click Elections to learn more about the candidates and their thoughts on important local issues.
Races on the ballot in Boone County include:
U.S. Congress District 1, W.Va. (southern West Virginia)
Republican incumbent Carol Miller of Huntington is challenged by Democrat Mr. Lacy Watson of Bluefield and Independent Belinda Fox-Spencer of Peterstown in the Nov. 8 general election.
W.Va. Senate District 7 (Lincoln, Boone, Logan and southern Kanawha)
Democrat incumbent Ron Stollings of Madison is challenged by Republican Mike Stuart of South Charleston in the general election.
W.Va. House District 31 (southern Lincoln, northern Logan and western Boone)
Republican Margitta Mazzocchi of Chapmanville will face Democrat Kenneth Ray Wilson of Chapmanville and Independent Brannon D. Akers of Lake in the general election.
W.Va. House District 32 (most of Boone County)
Republican incumbent Josh Holstein of Ashford is challenged by Democrat Rodney A. Miller of Madison in the general election.
Boone Circuit Clerk
Democrat incumbent Sam R. Burns is unopposed in the general election.
Boone County Clerk
Democratic incumbent Roger Toney is unopposed in the general election.
Boone County Commission — expired term
Democrat incumbent Craig Bratcher of Peytona is challenged by Republican Jeff Petry of Ashford in the general election.
State constitutional amendments
Additionally, West Virginia voters at the polls in November will consider four state constitutional amendments covering topics ranging from property taxes to authority over public schools to the balance of legislative and judicial power.
Amendment No. 1 asks voters to decide whether it is OK for the state Supreme Court to intervene in impeachment proceedings in the House of Delegates or the Senate. If a majority votes “yes,” no state court could intervene. Parties still could file legal challenges to impeachment proceedings in federal court.
Amendment No. 2 would give state lawmakers authority to adjust property taxes assessed on machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures, leasehold investments, computer equipment, inventory and vehicles. The Senate’s tax reform plan still would have to be approved by both chambers.
Amendment No. 3 would allow for the incorporation of churches. West Virginia is the only state in the country that constitutionally prohibits that.
Amendment No. 4 would give the Legislature final say over all West Virginia Board of Education policies.
More information about and the full text of all four amendments can be found via the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office at govotewv.com.
Boone County is now a part of the new first congressional district since the state lost a congressional seat after the 2020 census. The county is also a part of the seventh senatorial district, as well as the 31st and 32nd delegate districts.
General election day is set for Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Due to early deadlines, election results will not appear in the Nov. 9 edition of the Coal Valley News. Check www.coalvalleynews.com for election results.
HD Media reporter Nancy Peyton primarily covers news in Mingo County.