MASON COUNTY — In less than a week, voters in Mason County will go the polls to choose who will move on to November’s general election as well as who will be elected to the Mason County Board of Education - some will even choose the next administration for the City of Point Pleasant.
On the Democratic ticket, voters will choose from the following offices and candidates: President, Keith Judd, Barack Obama; U.S. Senator, Joe Manchin, III, Sheirl Fletcher; U.S. House of Representatives, Nick J. Rahall, II; Governor, Arne Moltis, Earl Ray Tomblin; Secretary of State, Natalie Tennant; Auditor, Glen B. Gainer, III; Treasurer, John D. Perdue; Commissioner of Agriculture, Bob Tabb, Walt Helmick, Joe Messineo, Sally Shepherd, Steve Miller; Attorney General, Darrell V. McGraw, Jr.; Justice of Supreme Court of Appeals (vote for not more than two) James J. “Jim” Rowe, Letitia “Tish” Chafin, Louis Palmer, H. John “Buck” Rogers, Robin Jean Davis, J.D. Beane; State Senator, Michael “Mike” Bright, Marla Dee Ingels; House of Delegates, 13th, Brady R. Paxton, Helen Martin; House of Delegates, 14th, Kermit E. Beaver, Jimmie Wood, Jr., Samantha Fooce; County Commissioner, Gene Zopp, Mickey Whalen, Paul Wray; Prosecuting Attorney, Bryan S. Cromley; Sheriff, Donnie Kapp, Jim Will, John Paul Casey, Greg Powers; Assessor, Ron Hickman; Magistrate, Cheryl Miller Ross; Surveyor, John M. Persinger.
On the Republican ticket, voters will choose from the following offices and candidates: President, Ron Paul, Charles “Buddy” Roemer, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum; U.S. Senator, John R. Raese; U.S. House of Representatives, Rick Snuffer, Lee A. Bias, Bill Lester; Governor, Bill Maloney, Ralph William Clark; Secretary of State, Brian Savilla; Auditor, Larry V. Faircloth; Treasurer, Mike Hall, Stephen R. “Steve” Connolly; Attorney General, Patrick Morrisey; Justice of Supreme Court of Appeals (vote for not more than two) John Yoder, Allen Loughry; State Senator, Mitch B. Carmichael; House of Delegates, 13th, Scott Cadle, Brian “Scotty” Scott, Nathan “Nate” Westfall, Harold Landers; House of Delegates, 14th District, John C. Casey, Darrell Justin Black, Jim Butler; County Commissioner, Tracy Sturgeon Doolittle, Marketta Crum, Garry Peck, Matthew Keefer; Prosecuting Attorney, Craig Tatterson; Sheriff, Joe Frank, Curtis C. McConihay, Gordon Clark; Magistrate, Gail L. Roush; as well as numerous delegates to the Republican National Convention.
All voters, regardless of political affiliation, will be voting for the following candidates for Mason County Board of Education: Greg Fowler of Point Pleasant (District II); Tom Nunnery of Point Pleasant (District III); Sheena Reynolds of Point Pleasant (District II); Paul Sayre of Hartford (District I); Cassi Heib of Gallipolis Ferry (District III); Mark T. Clark of Letart (District I); Marty Reed of Point Pleasant (District III); William Capehart of Point Pleasant (District III).
There are three seats up for grabs for the board of education, two seats are for four-year terms, the third is for a partial term available due to resignation of a Board Member.
Those who live in the City of Point Pleasant’s eight wards will be voting on the next four years of their city government. Again, only those within the city limits will have this portion on their ballots. Voters will be choosing from the following candidates in the city’s general election:
Mayor Brian Billings; City Clerk Amber Tatterson; Janet Hartley and Charles Towner, council-at-large seats; Doug Tawney (first ward); Councilman Robert Doeffinger (second ward); Mary Perdue (third ward); Keith Sargent (fourth ward); Councilwoman Elaine Hunt (fifth ward); Councilwoman Linda Smith (sixth ward); Bob Rulen (seventh ward); and Rick Simpkins (eighth ward).
Tom McNeely, mayor; Brandy Barkey-Sweeney, city clerk; Kevin Nott and Ashley Wood, council-at-large seats; Jim Fetty (first ward), Danny Spurlock (second ward), Allen J. Moran (third ward), Brandon Sweeney, (fourth ward), Brook Kapp (sixth ward), Randy Hall (seventh ward), Jacob Hill (eighth ward).
Again, the city’s election is not a primary but a general election.