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Candidates step forward in first week of election filings

WEIRTON — The first week of filings for the 2022 primary election saw a number of candidates throwing their hats in the ring for several elected offices.

Candidates have until midnight, Jan. 29, to file for office, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.

Interested candidates for federal, legislative, circuit and family court judicial seats, and elected offices that span more than one county can file at the Secretary of State’s Office in Charleston and the Secretary of State’s business hubs in Clarksburg and Martinsburg. Candidates for county-level offices can file with their local county clerk’s office.

Candidates also can mail certificates of announcement and filing fees to the Secretary of State’s Office. The certificate of announcement application is available at GoVoteWV.com.

The following candidates have filed for local office as of 5 p.m. Friday, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s website:

Alexander X. Mooney, Republican, of Charles Town, U.S. House of Representatives District 2

Laura Wakim Chapman, Republican, of Wheeling, West Virginia Senate District 1

Randy Swartzmiller, Democrat, of Chester, West Virginia Senate District 1

Pat McGeehan, Republican, of Chester, West Virginia House of Delegates District 1

Kimberly Barbetta, Democrat, of Follansbee, Brooke County Clerk

Thomas Diserio, Republican, of Wellsburg, Brooke County Commission

Timothy Ennis, Democrat, of Wellsburg, Brooke County Commission

Shannon Price, of Wellsburg, Brooke County Magistrate Court

Glenda Brooks, Democrat, of Wellsburg, Brooke County Circuit Court Clerk

Valerie Truax, Republican, of Weirton, Hancock County Clerk

Karan (Baier) Valenti, Republican, of Weirton, Hancock County Clerk

Ted Arneault Jr., Republican, of New Cumberland, Hancock County Commission

Paul Rex Cowey III, Republican, of Weirton, Hancock County Commission

Bret Lemley, Republican, of New Cumberland, Hancock County Commission

Sandra (Sandy) Casto, Republican, of New Cumberland, Hancock County Circuit Court Clerk

Christina Lee Fair, of Weirton, Hancock County Board of Education

Danny Kaser, of New Cumberland, Hancock County Board of Education

Jim Anderson, of New Cumberland, Hancock County Conservation District Supervisor

Michael Traubert, Democrat, of Wellsburg, Democratic State Executive Committee (Male) District 1

The primary election has been scheduled for May 10.

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