Becky Skinner announces JP 4 candidacy
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Rebecca (Becky) Skinner filed Saturday to run in the March 4 Republican primary for Upshur County Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace, said county GOP Chairman Cynthia Ridgeway.

Mrs. Skinner, who served for years as Gilmer Municipal Judge, is the latest candidate to file for Upshur County office in the party’s primary, as of mid-morning Monday.

Sherry Jewkes-Larsen has also announced she will seek the GOP nomination for the Pct. 4 JP post to succeed longtime retiring Democratic incumbent W.V. Ray, but had not formally filed as of mid-morning Monday.

Others who have filed for Republican races include District Attorney Billy Byrd, County Judge Dean Fowler, Pct. 2 Comm. Cole Hefner, Pct. 4 Comm. Mike Spencer, and Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Rhonda T. Welch, all seeking reelection; Karen Bunn, running for retiring District Clerk Carolyn Parrott’s post; Terri Ross, seeking retiring County Clerk Barbara Winchester’s position; Kimberly Clift Stone and Cheryl Taylor, vying for the Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace post currently held by Laura Lee Norred, who has not announced whether she will seek 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 Monday no candidates for county office have filed with him to run in his party’s March 4 primary (any wanting to should contact him at 903-968-2545). Although no Democrats sought county office here in 2012, “I’m holding out hopes” one or more will this time, Miles said.

In addition, former County Clerk Peggy LaGrone has announced plans to seek the Upshur County Libertarian Party’s nomination for her onetime post, to which she was elected as a Republican. Anyone wanting to seek the Libertarian nomination can call the party’s County Chairman, Vance 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. The local Libertarians fielded their first-ever candidates for county office in 2010, but none in 2012.

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; Mrs. Jewkes-Larsen; Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Lyle Potter, seeking reelection; Kathryn Wilson, District Clerk; Karmen Kelley, Pct. 4 County Commissioner; Lisa Neeley, County Clerk; and Brandy Vick, County Treasurer.

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.

County Treasurer Myra Harris, a Democrat, announced Friday she won’t seek reelection (see separate story). 115th District Judge Lauren Parish, who has been elected as a Democrat, said recently at a luncheon she hosted for some other judges that she would not run for an Appellate Court post because “I’m happy where I am.”

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