MASON COUNTY — With the general election coming up this Tuesday, it’s nearly all over but the crying and a few last, annoying television commercials.
If early voting numbers are any indication, voter turnout in Mason County and across the state may be high. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6.
Voters in Mason County will be choosing everyone from a new commissioner to a new president, and many offices in between.
Below is a list of county, state and federal races which will appear on Tuesday’s ballot.
County races with no incumbents include: County Commission, with Republican Tracy Sturgeon Doolittle going up against Democrat Mickey Whalen. Prosecuting Attorney with Republican Craig Tatterson going up against Democrat Bryan Cromley. County Sheriff with Democrat Greg Powers going up against Republican Gordon Clark. County Assessor is the only county race where an incumbent, Democrat Ron Hickman, is facing a challenge from a new face, Republican Amanda Cadle. Running unopposed are Magistrates Gail Roush (R) and Cheryl Miller Ross (D) who are both seeking new terms, Bob Baird (R) who is running for conservation district representative and John Persinger (D) who is running for surveyor.
Other races local voters have their eyes on are house of delegates for the 13th and 14th district as well as the race for state senate. In the race for the house of delegates in the 13th district, voters will choose from incumbents Brady R. Paxton (D) of Liberty and Helen Martin (D) of Poca as well as Brian “Scotty” Scott (R) of Hometown and Scott Cadle (R) of Letart. In the race for house of delegates in the 14th district, voters will pick a new face with either Jim Butler (R) of Gallipolis Ferry or Jimmie Wood, Jr. (D) of Point Pleasant taking home the big prize. Whatever happens in the 14th district race, it is finally guaranteed Mason County will have its own delegate. Two new faces are also in the race for state senate in the third senatorial district with Mitch B. Carmichael (R) of Ripley going up against Michael “Mike” Bright (D), also of Ripley.
Other races which have people talking are: Incumbent Nick J. Rahall, II, (D) going up against Rick Snuffer (R) for U.S. House of Representatives, third congressional district. Incumbent Joe Manchin, III, (D) going up against John R. Raese (R) and Bob Henry Barber (Mountain) for U.S. Senator. Incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin (D) going up against Bill Maloney (R) for governor in a repeat of last year’s special election, also in this race are Jesse Johnson (Mountain) and David Moran (Libertarian). Incumbent Natalie E. Tennant (D) against Brian Savilla (R) for secretary of state. Incumbent Glen B. Gainer (D) against Larry V. Faircloth (R) for auditor of state. Incumbent John D. Perdue (D) against Mike Hall (R) for state treasurer. Walt Helmick (D) against Kent Leonhardt (R) for commissioner of agriculture. Incumbent Darrell V. McGraw (D) against Patrick Morrisey (R) for attorney general. Justice of Supreme Court of Appeals will see candidates Justice Robin Jean Davis (D), Letitia “Tish” Chafin (D), Allen Loughry (R) and John Yoder (R) squaring off for two available seats. Also, at the top of the ticket, President Barack Obama (D) and Gov. Mitt Romney (R) will face off for the keys to the White House.
Voters will also be deciding on term limits for sheriffs across the state and a renewal levy for Mason County Schools. (See adjacent story on the levy on A1).
The Point Pleasant Register will provide election results online at www.mydailyregister.com as soon as they become available on Tuesday evening, and in print in Wednesday’s edition.