ELKINS - A handful of candidates made their way to the Randolph County Clerk's office Monday to be among the first to make their candidacy official.
Among the first was to file Chris See President of the Randolph County Commission to file and said he was looking forward to serving Randolph County in his second term.
"I'd like to get more accomplished in the next six years," said See, a Democrat from Valley Bend. "I've enjoyed working for Randolph County and its residents and I hope to continue to serve."
George M. Riggleman, Jr. also filed for candidacy for Randolph County Commission. In order to run, candidates must be registered to vote and live in the Tygart District. They must file by Jan. 25, the deadline for all candidates running for county positions to turn in their certificate of filing. The filing fee for commission candidates is $356.40.
A Democrat and a Republican nominee for the County Commission seat will be decided in the primary, with those two candidates then competing in the November election.
Randolph County Board of Education President Lisa M. Wamsley, of Valley Bend, also filed Monday. Three board of education seats will be open in the election. The Board of Education race will be non-partisan, with the three winners decided in the primary election. Candidates from any district can file. The filing fee is $25.
The three seats are currently held by Wamsley, Edward Tyre and David Kesling. Each of the three positions carries a four-year term.
Also up for election is the county's Conservation District Supervisor position, a non-partisan race in which the candidates must be landowners and have education or experience in conservation.
Candidates may also file for the Party Executive Committees and the County Executive Committees races. All of these positions have four-year terms.
When asked what perks came from filing early, Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman said that while it didn't matter which order the candidates filed, it was good to get things in order early, allowing potential candidates to take time to make sure that all of the paperwork is filed and ready. It also gives them plenty of time to be notified of errors in filing should any arise.
"The order the names will appear on the ballot are chosen at random in a drawing," said Wiseman. "This year the drawing will be held on Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. Usually candidates show up or have someone there on their behalf."
For more information, contact the Randolph County Clerk's office at 304-636-0543.
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