Braxton Citizens' News

First week of filing period draws moderate interest

The first week of the filing period for the May 10 Primary Election has seen moderate action in Braxton County. A total of six individuals have placed their names on the ballot.

Three incumbents have filled for reelection. County Clerk Sue Rutherford, Circuit Clerk Susan Lemon and County Commissioner Lisa Godwin all hope to serve another term. To date only Godwin has any competition as former Commissioner Ron Facemire filed for that office.

Only one person has filled for one of the three seats that will be filled on the Board of Education in May. Larry E. Hardwar of Gassaway placed his name in the hat.

The final candidate to register this week will also compete in a non-partisan election as Conservation District Supervisor. Linda L. Brown of Heaters will run for election to that position.

On the State level, neither Delegate Brent Boggs nor Senator Mike Romano plan to run for reelection. Only one candidate has filled as of Monday, January 17. Ben Queen of Bridgeport is running for State Senate on the republican ticket. No one has filed to represent the new 63 delegate district which includes Braxton and part of Gilmer County.

There is still plenty of time for anyone wishing to register for the one of the available positions. They may do so at the County Clerk’s Office during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The office will also observe special hours for those wishing to file on the last day, January 29. Officials will accept applications between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Applications postmarked on or before January 29 will also be accepted by mail.

Any questions pertaining to the election or the offices that will be contested should be directed to the office of Sue Rutherford County Clerk in person or by calling 304-765-2833.

Inquiries and filings pertaining to the House of Delegates and State Senate are handled through the Secretary of State’s office.