Voters looking at lengthy ballot in 2014

Ron Gregory ronjgregory@gmail.com

February 5, 2014

LOGAN — From U.S. senate to conservation district supervisor, local voters will be looking at a lengthy ballot in the May and November elections this year.

Although 2014 is what is termed an “off-year” election (primarily because the president and governor positions are not on the ballot), positions on county and state executive committees add to the numbers.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and Logan County Clerk John A. Turner accepted applications to run for office until the deadline prescribed by law at midnight, January 25.

In the senate contest, pundits agree that Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Secretary of State Natalie Tennant are likely to square off in the general election. But first, Capito, of Charleston, will take on Larry Eugene Butcher of Washington, W.Va., and Matthew Doddrill of Parkersburg in the GOP primary.

Capito is giving her house seat in the second district to make the run for the senate. Tennant does not have to step aside from the secretary of state job to run for her party’s nomination. Tennant will be running against Dennis Melton of Buckhannon and David B. Wamsley of Williamstown for the Democrat nod.

For the congressional seat in district 3 that includes Logan County, incumbent Democrat Nick Joe Rahall faces a challenge from Richard Ojeda II of Holden. State senator Evan Jenkins is unopposed for the GOP position on the ballot.

Incumbent Democrat State Senator Ron Stollings, a Boone County physician, is alone on the Democrat ballot from district 7. Republican Gary Johngrass of West Hamlin will challenge him in the fall.

For the state house of delegates from the 20th district, incumbent Democrat of Williamson, Justin Marcum, will be opposed by Michael J. Baisden of Williamson in the primary. Mingo County Republican Chair Russell Lee Deskins of Williamson is also running.

In district 22 of the state house that includes parts of Logan, Boone, Lincoln and Putnam counties, there are two representatives. Incumbent Democrats Josh Barker of Chapmanville and Jeff Eldridge of Alum Creek will face competition from former Lincoln County school board member Gary McCallister in the primary. Republicans Michel Moffatt of Hurricane and Justin Mullins of Harts are also in the running.

For the house from district 24, which is primarily centered in Logan, there are also two elected delegates. Democrats Rupert “Rupie” Phillips Jr. and Teddy “Ted” Tomblin, both of Logan are running for re-election. They will meet former Delegate Ralph Rodighiero and David Graham, each of Logan, in the May primary. Republicans Billy Marcum and Gloria Meadows, both of Chapmanville, are also running.

For the state executive committee from district 7, Democrats Gloria Triplett of Ranger, Phyllis M. White of Gilbert and Sue Ann Zickefoose of Danville have filed for the female position. Robby Queen of Logan, Josh Stowers of Alum Creek and Ed Triplett of West Hamlin have filed for the male post.

On the Republican side, Jo Ann Turley of Hamlin and Donna Lou Gosney have filed as females in district 7. Male candidates are Mark Nelson of Danville, Sherrill L. Porter of West Hamlin and Chad R. Story of Man.

Heading the county ticket will be the position currently held by legendary Logan High School basketball coach Willie D. Akers Jr., a Democrat. He will meet Robert “Bob” Stidham in the primary.

For congressional executive committee from the 3rd district, Democrat Sally Stollings has filed for the female position with Jeremy Farley unopposed for the male choice.

Senatorial executive committee Democrat candidates are females Tammie Aleshire and Sally Stollings with Farley unopposed for the male slot.

Democrat delegate district executive committee candidates include Sally Stollings in district 24 and Farley in district 22.

For the county executive committee in Logan, Democrats include Marie Belcher in district 1; Becky Nagy in district 2; Robby Queen in district 3; Jerri Lynn Freeman in district 5; and Edison “Eddie” Akers in district 6. Republicans are Shirley Mae Baisden and Michael Bledsoe in district 1; Anita Lawthorne in district 3; Teresa Luther Townsend in district 4; Christy Spry and Naamon Spry in district 5; and Whitney Harvey and Chad Story in district 6.

Those running for the non-partisan board of education are Pat Joe White and Harry Freeman in the east district; along with Mark McGrew, Robin Adams Mutters and Debbie Harvey Mendez in the west. White and McGrew are incumbents. No more than two members of the board can reside in any one magisterial district.

George Mathis unopposed for the unexpired term as conservation district supervisor with Roscoe “Rocky” Adkins II unopposed for the full term.