POINT PLEASANT — On May 10, voters will decide between two candidates in a contested race for Mason County Magistrate.
Voters will choose between incumbent Magistrate Cheryl Miller Ross and challenger John Machir, both of Point Pleasant, in Division One. Incumbent Magistrate Gail L. Roush, Letart, is running unopposed in Division Two. These nonpartisan races will be decided on May 10 and do not go to the general election in November.
The Point Pleasant Register reached out to Ross and Machir for biographical information and their answers to the question, “Why I decided to run for this office?”
Below are the responses from each candidate listed in alphabetical order.
John Machir is a native of Mason County and resident of Point Pleasant. He graduated from Point Pleasant High School in 1981, and is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Science. He’s currently employed by Necco, Inc. as an ASO Case Manager, working with families in Mason, Putnam, and Wayne Counties. He says he has devoted 24 years of his professional life to serving families. He’s a nationally published author on family issues as well as a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations.
Machir said: “As a citizen of Mason County raising a family, I have been concerned with the crime that is all too frequently splashed across our local headlines. I feel that there is a need for change and new ideas to address the crime that continues to be present in our communities. I want to bring a common sense approach to the magistrate court by holding people accountable for their actions and administering meaningful consequences for their offenses. As a professional working with families, I regularly deal with the sorts of problems that come before the Magistrate Court, (domestic violence, truancy, etc.). Magistrates and judges often send me into homes to help families resolve these issues, and they use my assessments to inform their judgments. I ask the citizens of Mason County to allow me to use my years of experience to improve the Magistrate Court and, subsequently, life for all of us.”
Cheryl Miller Ross says her employment experience consists of doing the job and serving as a fair and impartial magistrate for over 20 years. She is a graduate of PPHS and Marshall University. She has furthered her education at the National Judicial College. She said education has been the foundation of her career, so it was an honor for her to be selected as one of the first members of the Magistrate Education Committee by the West Virginia Supreme Court administrative office. She has taught every magistrate in the state how to do their job. Cheryl is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Ross said: “In 1996, I ran for this office on my experience, education and common sense. Twenty years later, I stand before you with greater experience, priceless education and continued common sense. Mason County Magistrate Court has been described as one of the best in the state. I am a hard worker and passionate about applying the laws objectively. I have been appointed by the Supreme Court administrative office to numerous committees. I love making an impression with youth and founded a Law Day program bringing youth to the courtroom. This program became a model statewide. I have won Magistrate of the Year and am a member and former office holder in the West Virginia Magistrate Association. I assist Judge David Nibert with Drug Court, an amazing life-saving program in Mason County. I love my job. Through my integrity and impartiality, I have made a difference and want to continue serving you.”
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