POINT PLEASANT — The political process is alive and well in Point Pleasant as democrats met Thursday night for their convention to nominate candidates in the upcoming municipal election.
The convention began by unanimously appointing Brandon Sweeney as chairperson and James Casey as secretary, then the nominating process got underway.
The first nomination was for mayor with Jeremy Bryant being nominated and unanimously approved for the ticket. The next office up for discussion was city clerk but there were no nominations. Casey and Sweeney have 24 hours from the time of the convention to submit a candidate to the current city clerk’s office, according to the city’s ordinance.
This was followed by unanimously nominating both Brandy Barkey Sweeney and Marty Reed for the two council-at-large seats.
Next, those in attendance broke up into their respective wards to discuss nominating a candidate for city council. After the discussions the following were nominated: 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.
Prior to the convention actually convening, Casey spoke to those gathered about the rules and nominating process. He also remarked on the significant turnout at last night’s event and how he felt that was needed both locally and nationwide. In the last municipal election, the democrats won one seat with the election of Councilman Allen Moran of the third ward. On Thursday night, Casey added: “We need to get energized.”
Those in the current administration include: Mayor Brian Billings, City Clerk Amber Tatterson, Council-At-Large Members Janet Hartley and Charles Towner, Elizabeth Jones from the first ward, Bob Doeffinger from the second ward, Allen Moran from the third ward, Keith Sargent from the fourth ward, Elaine Hunt from the fifth ward, Charles Garland from the sixth ward, Bob Rulen from the seventh ward and Rick Simpkins from the eighth ward. As for which GOP incumbents wish to seek reelection and who will be the newcomers on the party’s ticket, all will be revealed Friday, March 4 when the republicans hold their convention at 6 p.m. at the Mason County Courthouse. That list, as well as the listing of nominations from the democratic convention, will appear in Saturday’s edition of the Point Pleasant Register.
The municipal election for the City of Point Pleasant will be held on May 10 which is also the primary election day in the State of West Virginia. Voters in Point Pleasant will be casting votes for city races on the same ballot as national, state, county and other non-partisan races. More on the city’s election, and the candidates, in upcoming editions of the Point Pleasant Register.
Those who win on May 10, take office on July 1 to serve four-year terms.
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