WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – Recent controversy concerning candidates that will be listed on the ballot in the November General election was decided late Thursday evening following a Supreme Court ruling.
According to Mingo County Clerk employee, Shennie Ferguson the two candidates in question were Roy Tiller, who was registered as a Democrat and Anthony Blevins who is registered as an Independent.
Those candidates were the only two candidates who had filed in Mingo County that were involved in the decision.
After the ruling was handed down, it was determined Tiller would be removed from the ballot, but Blevins would remain on the ballot.
The following is a press release received from the Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office yesterday after the ruling was handed down.
Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant issued the following statement in response to the United States District Court for the Southern District overturning the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals interpretation of the state’s independent candidate nominating process.
“I am delighted by the court’s ruling today because these candidates will be able to be on the ballot.
I have always fully supported ballot access for independent candidates and respect the wishes of the groups of citizens that support them.
The court also acknowledged that the Secretary of State’s Office was compelled to follow the Supreme Court’s ruling when we removed six candidates from the ballot.
With this ruling, the court has brought clarity in time for us to move forward and focus on providing a safe and efficient general election.”
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext 2278.