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Pre-candidacy filings – Oct. 14-22

The countdown to primary election day continues and once again, there are whole host of new potential candidates.

Here’s the latest roundup of the newest pre-candidacy filings that were submitted with the secretary of state’s office since I updated the 2016 Election Guide last week. You can find the guide here.

House of Delegates

  • Martin Rick Atkinson III (R-Reedy) enters the District 11 race. Earlier this month, Atkinson was appointed to the House by Gov. Tomblin. Only one other candidate – Riley Keaton (R-Spencer) has filed pre-candidacy papers in the race.
  • Patrick S. Martin (R-Buckhannon) is the third Republican to join the race in District 46. The seat is currently held by Democrat Peggy Donaldson Smith, who has not filed pre-candidacy papers. The other Republicans seeking to win their party’s nomination include Derick Love (Jane Lew) and James Richard Atchison (Weston).

State Senate

  • Bob Plymale (D-Huntington) filed his pre-candidacy papers in hopes of being re-elected to represent the 5th District. No one else has filed paperwork yet.


  • Scott Ash (Bluefield, Circuit Court Judge)
  • Robert A Burnside Jr. (Ghent, Circuit Court Judge, 10th Circuit, Division 3)
  • Seth Harper (Ripley, Circuit Court Judge, 5th Circuit)
  • Cheryl Lynne Henderson (Huntington, Circuit Court Judge)
  • Amy L.M. Herrenkohl (Barboursville, Circuit Court Judge, 6th Circuit)
  • Gregory L. Howard Jr (Huntington, Circuit Court Judge)
  • Robert Skogstad Jr (Parkersburg, Family Court Judge, 3rd Circuit)
  • Jason A. Wharton (Parkerbsurg, Circuit Court Judge, 4th Circuit)
  • Patrick N. Wilson (Fairmont, Circuit Court Judge)


  • William Bell (R-Vienna)