May 2022 Primary Election update: Filings show six vying for city council seats

BUCKHANNON – City and county candidates interested in running in the May 2022 Primary Election have begun to file for office.

The in-person filing period began Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, and continues through noon on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. Filings by U.S. mail must be postmarked by midnight Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022.

The city will have two city council seats available for four-year terms, and those positions are currently occupied by councilman David Thomas and councilwoman Shelia Lewis-Sines. The city recorder position will also be up for election for a four-year term, and that seat is currently occupied by Randy Sanders.

The city had five filings for two city council seats as of Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. The city candidate filings included David McCauley for city council, Sheila Lewis-Sines for city council, David Thomas for city council, Jim Valenson for city council and Laura Foulks for city council. Incumbent Sanders filed for the city recorder position.

The last day to withdraw from the municipal election is Feb. 15 and drawing for positions on the ballot will take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, in the Upshur County Clerk’s Office inside the Upshur County Courthouse.

The filing fee for council is $5 and the fee for city recorder is $7.50. The City of Buckhannon website also has a Call for Election page on their website, which lists precinct locations here.

County offices on the ballot for 2022 include one county commission seat in the 1st Magisterial District; county clerk (one seat); circuit clerk (one seat); two nonpartisan magistrate seats (unexpired terms for Divisions 1 and 2); and three nonpartisan seats for Board of Education.

As of Jan. 21, 2022, filings made for county positions included Sam Nolte for Upshur County Commission (1st Magisterial District), Brian P. Gaudet for Upshur County Circuit Clerk, Carol J. Smith for Upshur County Clerk, Mark Davis for Magistrate – Division 1, Alan M. Suder for Magistrate – Division 2, Derrick Aegan for Board of Education (District 3), Jesse Davidson for Board of Education (District 3) and Brandon Weese for Board of Education (District 2).

For the county Republican Executive Committee, Douglas D. Roberts and Jeani Hawkins have filed for District 2.

On the state level, Sen. Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur, has filed to retain his seat in the 11th Senatorial District, as have Republicans Carl “Robbie” Martin for Delegate District 65 and Del. Adam Burkhammer for Delegate District 64. Those three individuals are currently running unopposed.

Nationally, Democrat Angela J. Dwyer of Martinsburg and Republicans Susan B. Lochocki of Morgantown, David B. McKinley of Wheeling and Mike Seckman of West Union are challenging incumbent District 2 Congressional Rep. Alex X. Mooney, R.

For more information about filing for office from West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, please click here.

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