POINT PLEASANT — Early voters in Mason County appear to have set a turnout record in regards to this year’s primary election.
According to Mason County Clerk Diana Cromley, of around 17,000 registered voters, over 1,780 ballots were cast during the early voting period, which appears to be a record for a primary election. Cromley said in 2008, a record 2,700 early votes were cast in the general election in Mason County.
“I am really pleased with the early vote turnout this year,” Cromley said. “We received an average of 178 voters each day. Though this isn’t always indicative of the number of voters we’ll see at the polls, it is my sincere hope that we receive the same type of response on Election Day.”
In all, 180 poll workers will be working 30 precincts throughout the county on election day with those polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Things to remember when going to the polls, according to Cromley:
Voters who are casting GOP ballots should be aware there are several pages of delegates to the national convention to get through before voters get to the nonpartisan races, such as judges, magistrates, board of education and the City of Point Pleasant ballot, where applicable. Though the Democratic ballot isn’t as long, the same applies in terms of the nonpartisan races coming at the end of the ballot.
For those registered as an independent, these voters will only be given a ballot with nonpartisan races unless that voter requests to vote either a GOP or Democrat ballot. Poll workers will not and cannot ask independent voters if they want the option of also voting a Republican or Democrat ballot, as well as in non-partisan races — that request is only up to the voter to make but is available to them. Independents will not receive a ballot with both Republican and Democrat candidates on it; again, they must pick one party or the other, or just vote in the nonpartisan races.
Another important reminder in terms of the Mason County Board of Education races, anyone in Mason County can vote for any one of the eight candidates no matter which district a voter resides in, even if they reside in a different district than the candidate they wish to vote for resides. The vacant school board positions are available to candidates registered in Magisterial Districts I, III or IV. The top two candidates receiving the most votes will be declared the winners as long as their districts will not be represented on the school board by more than two members.
The Point Pleasant Register will be posting final election results as soon as possible election night via its website www.mydailyregister.com and its Facebook page. Election results will also appear in Wednesday’s print edition.
When voters do go to the polls, here is a breakdown of candidates in local, county and state races of interest:
Mason County Board of Education (two seats up for grabs): Pamela Jean Muncy, Gallipolis Ferry, District IV. Rhonda Tennant, Letart, District I. John David Morgan, Point Pleasant, District III. Leigh Ann Gardner, Point Pleasant, District III. Vicki A. Ohlinger, New Haven, District I. James “JR” Neal, Gallipolis Ferry, District IV. Mack McCarty, Ashton, District IV. Meagan Bonecutter, Point Pleasant, District III.
Mason County Commission, GOP ticket: Scott Cadle, R-Letart. Matt Roush, R-Letart. Sam Nibert, R-Gallipolis Ferry. Freddie Green, R-Fraziers Bottom. Democratic ticket: Danny Elias, D-Letart. Ray Varian, D-Mason. Rick Pearson, D-Mason.
Mason County Sheriff, GOP ticket: Joe Frank, R-Leon. Curtis “Curt” McConihay, R-Point Pleasant. Democratic ticket: Marc Kearns, D-Letart. Greg Powers, D-Point Pleasant. Jesse Raike, D-Gallipolis Ferry.
Mason County Magistrate: Division One: Cheryl Miller Ross, Point Pleasant. John Machir, Point Pleasant. Division Two: Gail L. Roush, Letart.
Mason County Assessor: Ron Hickman, D-Point Pleasant. Mason County Clerk: Diana Cromley, D-Point Pleasant. Mason County Circuit Clerk: Bill Withers, D-Ashton. Mason County Prosecuting Attorney: Ronald R.F. Stein Jr., R-Gallipolis Ferry. Conservation District Supervisor: Jeremy Grant, Southside.
State Senate, Fourth District, GOP ticket: Dustin Lewis, R-Cottageville. Mitch B. Carmichael, R-Ripley. Democratic ticket: Brian Prim, D-Fraziers Bottom. Bruce Ashworth, D-Ripley.
House of Delegates, 13th District, GOP ticket: Michael Ihle, R-Ravenswood. Robert Marchal, R-Letart. Amanda Cadle, R-Nitro. Kathie Hess Crouse, R-Buffalo. Joshua Kurt Higginbotham, R-Poca. Democratic ticket: Scott Brewer, D-New Haven. Marla “Dee” Ingels, D-New Haven. Rosalee Juba-Plumley, D-Poca. George A. Thaxon, D-Cottageville.
House of Delegates, 14th District, GOP ticket: Jim Butler, R-Gallipolis Ferry. Democratic ticket: Samantha Ann Fooce, D-Point Pleasant.
Circuit Judge, Fifth Judicial Circuit: First Division, Richard Craig Tatterson, Gallipolis Ferry. Second Division, Lora Dyer, Ripley. Kennad “Kenny” Skeen II, Ripley. Third Division, Anita Harold Ashley, Spencer. Seth Harper, Spencer. Larry Whited, Grantsville.
Family Court Judge, Fifth Judicial Circuit: First Division, Connie Fisher Thomas, New Haven. Second Division, Bryan S. Cromley, Point Pleasant.
Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals: Darrell V. McGraw, Jr., Charleston. Wayne King, Wallback. Brent Benjamin, Charleston. Beth Walker, Morgantown. William R. “Bill” Wooton, Beckley.
U.S. House of Representatives, Third Congressional District, GOP ticket: Evan Jenkins, R-Huntington. Democratic ticket: Matt Detch, D-Lewisburg.
Governor, GOP ticket: Bill Cole, R-Bluefield. Democratic ticket: Booth Goodwin, D-Charleston. Jeff Kessler, D-Glen Dale. Jim Justice, D-Lewisburg.
Secretary of State, GOP ticket: Barry Holstein, R-Cross Lanes. Mac Warner, R-Morgantown. Democratic ticket: Patsy Trecost, D-Bridgeport. Natalie Tennant, D-Charleston.
State Auditor, GOP ticket: John “JB” McCuskey, R-Charleston. Democratic ticket: Jason Pizatella, D-Fairmont. Robin Righter, D-Shinnston. Mary Ann Claytor, D-St. Albans.
State Treasurer, GOP ticket, Larry W. Faircloth, R-Inwood. Ann Urling, R-Charleston. Democratic ticket: John D. Perdue, D-Cross Lanes.
Attorney General, GOP ticket: Patrick Morrisey, R-Harpers Ferry. Democratic ticket: Doug Reynolds, D-Huntington.
Commissioner of Agriculture, GOP ticket: Kent Leonhardt, R-Fairview. Democratic ticket: Walt Helmick, D-Marlington.
For those voting in the City of Point Pleasant’s Municipal Election, the following appear on the ballot:
Democratic ticket: Mayor: Jeremy Bryant. City Clerk: Jimmie Wood Jr. Council-at-large: Brandy Barkey Sweeney and Marty Reed. First Ward: Kathy Gardner. Second Ward: Jerrie Howard. Third Ward: Gabe Roush. Fourth ward: Brandon Sweeney. Fifth Ward: Lauren Caldwell-Billiter. Sixth Ward: Cody Lambert. Seventh Ward: Brad Deal. Eighth Ward: Ashley Wood.
Republican ticket: Mayor: Brian Billings. City Clerk: Amber Tatterson. Council-at-large: Janet Hartley and Charles Towner. First Ward: Elizabeth Jones. Second Ward: Robert McMillan. Third Ward: Mary Jane Getty. Fourth Ward: Leigh Ann Shepard. Fifth Ward: Elaine Hunt. Sixth Ward: Olivia Burdette Warner. Seventh Ward: Courtney Hall. Eighth Ward: Rick Simpkins.
Independent: C. Keith Sargent is running for mayor.
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