May 10, 2016 – West Virginia’s political junkies may have that date dotted on their iPhones or circled on their calendars but most other people probably don’t.
So why would anyone care about something 298 days from today?
Because its primary Election Day, of course.
Although it is hardly right around the corner, the Daily Mail has begun tracking the basics of who is running for what.
This is nothing particularly difficult – as anyone can find this information on the Secretary of State’s website under the pre-candidacy filings.
But the unfortunate part of using the SoS’s website is it is simply a location to see every single person who has expressed their 2016 intentions. It does not offer a quick and easy way to see who is running against one another, who is leaving office and who hasn’t filed yet.
For that reason, the Daily Mail has compiled this information in an easy-to-use online spreadsheet so you can keep track of the races you may be interested in.
Want to know who has filed pre-candidacy papers for the seat Sen. Herb Snyder is exiting? You can quickly find the answer on our spreadsheet.
There are a few things to note – first, on the Senate page it is really easy to show who is running against each other because there is one senator for each district. But in the House page, things get a bit messy because multiple people represent a district. So if you are looking at who is running to represent the 36th District, you will see three names in the cell across from Nancy Peoples Guthrie. The three hopefuls are not specifically running against Guthrie, as opposed to Larry Rowe and Brad White. They are simply running in the district.
Another thing to note – some of the possible candidates filed their pre-candidcay papers a long time ago. Tyler Cloud Dixon and Phil Hudok, for example filed their candidacy papers in 2013.
Hudok sought the U.S. Senate in the 2014 primary election. He came in last place in the 5-way race, receiving just 2,566 out of 453,659 total votes. Shelley Moore Capito won with 281,820 votes.
All that being said, it is not a certain whether all the people who filed pre-candidacy papers will actually be candidates. So take these filings for what they are.
Filing pre-candidacy papers allows a person to raise and spend money. Nothing more. Nothing less.
And now to some interesting things you can see from the document:
- As of today, there are 4 Democrats, 3 Republicans, 2 independents, 1 Constitution Party and 1 Libertarian and 1 candidate with no affiliation who have filed pre-candidacy papers for governor.
- There is one West Virginian who has filed to run for U.S. President. Her name is O. Hope Jerio, of Elkins. According to articles in the Intermountain, Jerio ran for mayor of Elkins in 2009. Earlier this year, Jerio was “admonished by a judge for her repeated outbursts during a hearing regarding her competency to stand trial,” the newspaper reported. Jerio was charged with one felony count of violating a protective order, third or subsequent offense.
- A look inside the statehouse candidates reveals 16 incumbent Democrats and 12 Republicans have yet to decide what office they are running for. (To see this, look at the undeclared tab).
- On the House side, 50 incumbent candidates have yet to file any pre-paperwork, as of this writing. In the Senate, only 3 incumbent candidates have not filed paperwork yet.
This is an ongoing project that we will work to update and further develop each week between now and the primary election. If there is anything you would like to see added to this document or any other suggestions you may have, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And now without further ado, here is the Daily Mail’s 2016 West Virginia Election guide: