By Kyle Lovern
WILLIAMSON – The November General Election is Tuesday, November 8 and early voting starts Wednesday, October 26.
There are a few local races where candidates do not have any opposition, however some incumbents do have a challenger running against them.
In the 20th District House of Delegate race, incumbent Democrat Justin Marcum faces a challenge from Republican Mike Baisden. Both men are local residents.
In the 21st District House seat, Phyllis Riffe White, who was appointed to fill her husband’s term, then won the May Primary nomination for the Democratic party, faces opposition from Republican Mark Dean. Harry Keith White was the longtime delegate for that district, but resigned last year and his wife, a retired educator, was appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.
In the 6th Senatorial District, Chandler Swope of Bluefield, the Republican Candidate, is running against Democratic nominee Rocky Seay of Princeton.
In the 7th Senatorial District race, Richard Ojeda of Holden, the Democratic candidate, goes up against Republican Jordan Bridges of Logan.
Mingo County is a part of two senate districts and two house districts.
On the county level, incumbent County Clerk ‘Big’ Jim Hatfield, the Democratic nominee, faces a challenge from Independent candidate Anthony Blevins.
Incumbent Mingo County Sheriff James Smith, the Democratic candidate, has a challenger in Mark Dean, a Republican from Verner.
Other Democratic candidates that were nominated in May do not have any Republican or Independent opposition. They include Thomas Taylor for Mingo County Commissioner, Lonnie Hannah for Circuit Clerk, Johnathan “Duke” Jewell for Prosecuting Attorney, Ramona Mahon for Assessor and Jimmy Lee Webb for Surveyor.
Of course on the national and state level, this General Election is garnering a lot of attention. The Presidential race between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton and the Governor’s duel between Democrat Jim Justice and Republican Bill Cole are two important offices where voters have a big choice. There are three others on the ballot in the gubernatorial race, including former Democratic nominee Charlotte Pritt, who is running on the Mountain State Party ticket.
Other races that are on the ballot include the 3rd District Congressional seat where incumbent Republican Evan Jenkins has two challengers, Democrat Matt Detch and Libertarian Zane Lawhorn.
Other races on the state level include Secretary of State, Auditor, Attorney General, Treasurer and Commissioner of Agriculture.
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)