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Election just around the corner...
We are rounding the bend; the finish line is in sight, for the Primary Election. We often have statewide candidates stop by the office when they are in the area campaigning. That crowd has been rather sparse this election cycle. There have been only three candidates for state or federal offices grace our doors.
First was Jason Pizatella, a candidate for State Auditor. I had met Jason in conjunction with my duties with the Press Association previously. I had heard good things about Jason and my conversation reinforced those believes that he will make a good Auditor.
Darrell McGraw, a candidate for the Supreme Court stopped by. He has ties to this county so seeing him was not a surprise.
Harvey Peyton, a candidate for the 2nd Congressional District stopped by with his wife last week. He said he just want to meet me. As it turned out they spend nearly 3 hours in my office. We had a very good conversation that covered a number of topics. I was impressed with his thinking and stance on a number of issues I consider important to our part of West Virginia. He certainly won my vote.
As for the rest of state and national ticket… I honestly don’t know who I am going to vote for. But I guess I will have to get off the fence in the very near future.
I will mention a couple of other candidates that I like. I will support Judge Jack Alsop for Circuit Court Judge in 2nd division of the 14th Judicial Circuit. That job is certainly one where you can’t please everyone. With that said, I think he and Judge Rick Facemire have done admirable jobs. Of course Judge Facemire is unopposed and only Judge Alsop has opposition. I will vote for both even though the vote for Rick is more ceremonial, but, hopefully it will show a vote of confidence in the job he is doing.
I’m not going to say much about the local races. I will mention that I don’t have anything bad to say about any of the candidates. (That in its’ self may be a first for me.) I hope voters will actually look at who might be the best qualified for the jobs they seek. All too often elections become a popularity contest and the qualifications for the job take a back seat. With that said… I will be voting for Edie Tichner for Assessor. I have gotten to know Edie in her position as Administrative Secretary for the County Commission. I have a great admiration for her work ethic, compassion and expertise. I think she is exactly what we need in an Assessor. I am convinced that she will do all she can for the taxpayers of our county and that is all one can ask in an elected official.
I encourage all voters to look at the qualifications of candidates. Choose wisely, because our future may very well depend on who is in these positions.
Above all go vote. You have the balance of this week to cast your ballot early at the old Fisher Building beside the Sutton Volunteer Fire Department. They will be open on Saturday as well. I understand that the turnout for early voting to date has been very good. If you don’t vote early… be sure you go to the polls on Tuesday May 10. It is not only your right, it’s your duty. It would be great if this election actually was decided by the majority of the citizens.
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