They include District Attorney Billy Byrd, Pct. 2 Comm. Cole Hefner, and Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Rhonda Welch, all seeking reelection; and Kimberly Stone, a candidate for the Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace post currently held by Laura Lee Norred, who has not announced whether she will seek reelection. Cheryl Taylor had filed earlier to seek the GOP nomination for the Pct. 1 JP post.
Others who have filed to run in the Republican races are County Judge Dean Fowler and Pct. 4 Comm. Mike Spencer, both seeking reelection; Terri Ross, running for County Clerk; and Karen Bunn, candidate for District Clerk (See Mirror, Nov. 13). (Incumbent appointed County Clerk Barbara Winchester has announced she won’t seek election in her own right, and District Clerk Carolyn Parrott is not seeking reelection.)
Candidates wanting to file for the GOP primary should call Mrs. Ridgeway at 903- 968-6822.
Upshur County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Miles Jr. said Thursday no candidates for county office have filed with him to run in his party’s March 4 primary, but that any who want to should contact him at 903-968-2545.
Upshur County Libertarian Party Chairman Vance Lowry said Thursday that only former County Clerk Peggy LaGrone, who is running for her old job, has announced plans to seek his party’s nomination for a county office (See separate story in today’s edition.) Anyone wanting to seek the Libertarian nomination can call Lowry at 903-843-2257.
Unlike Republicans and Democrats, who hold primary elections, the Upshur Libertarians will nominate any candidate(s) for county office at their county convention March 4. No Democrats nor Libertarians ran for Upshur County office in the 2012 elections.
Several other candidates for Upshur elective offices have filed documents with the County Clerk’s Office designating campaign treasurers, but those papers do not show which, if any, political party they are affiliated with.
Besides some of the candidates already listed, those who have filed those documents and the offices they seek include Ronnica Ridgeway, County Judge; Sherry Jewkes-Larsen and Rebecca Skinner, Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace (incumbent W.V. Ray is not seeking reelection); Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Lyle Potter, seeking reelection; Kathryn Wilson, District Clerk; Karmen Kelley, Pct. 4 Comm.; and Lisa Neeley, County Clerk.
Ms. Ridgeway, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Kelley and Ms. Neeley have all announced they will seek the Republican nomination for their offices.
Deadline for filing to run for any of the three parties’ nomination is 6 p.m. Dec. 9.
Other offices up for election in 2014 include County Treasurer and 115th District Judge. Voters in Upshur and Marion Counties elect the judge.