With the changes in the way magistrates are elected now in the state of West Virginia, there has been some confusion for many voters.
The Williamson Daily News and the County Clerk’s office wanted to clear this up for the voters and citizens of Mingo County.
There are now three divisions in Mingo County and the magistrates run as non-partisan candidates. They will be elected during the Tuesday, May 10 Primary election, similar to the way the board of education members have been selected for many years.
The Circuit Judge and the Family Judge positions are also non-partisan and will be elected in May. Neither the magistrates nor the judge’s candidates will be running come the November General Election. They are elected in May.
Voters will vote for one candidate in each division. So there will still be three magistrates elected for Mingo County. The voter with the most votes in each division will be the winner.
There are a total of 10 candidates running for magistrates. Three filed to run in division one, three in division two and four in division three.
The Mingo County Magistrate Races are listed below.
Brock Mounts, Gilbert
Donald Sansom, Red Jacket
Billy Sexton, Williamson
Dave Justice, Delbarton
Barry C. Marcum, Williamson
James H. “Tick” Fugett, Williamson (Dans Branch)
Donald Roy Stevens, Lenore
Jim Harvey, Chattaroy
Scott “Big Block” Smith, Kermit
Michele Webb, Williamson
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)