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Pre-candidacy filings – Oct. 23-31

There have been less filings lately as we enter November.

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

  • The two-member 17th district, which is currently represented by Doug Reynolds (D) and Matthew Rohrbach (R), had a new name enter the potential race last week.  Joe Fincham (D-Huntington) filed his pre-candidacy papers, making him the second Democrat to file in the race. Chad Lovejoy also of Huntington previously filed his paperwork. Beyond Rohrbach, who  filed his pre-candidacy papers to run for re-election, no Republicans have filed. Reynolds has not filed any paperwork yet.
  • Tanya Walker Benbow (Clendenin) is the first Democrat to file papers in the 11th District, which is currently represented by Republican Martin Atkinson who was appointed following former Delegate Bob Ashley’s move to the state Senate. Atkinson has filed his pre-candidacy papers to run for re-election. Benbow and Atkinson are joined by Riley Keaton (R-Spencer) who previously filed.
  • Stephen Marshall Wilson (R-Hedgesville) became the first person to file pre-candidacy papers for the race in the 60th District. The district is currently represented by Larry Faircloth who has filed undeclared pre-candidacy papers. No Democrats have filed for the race yet.

State Senate

  • Brandon Barker (D-Williamson) is the first Democrat to file pre-candidacy papers to run in the 6th District. The seat is currently held by Republican Senate President Bill Cole, who is running for governor.  Republican Chandler Swope (Princeton) is the only other person to file pre-candidacy papers for the race.

Judges

  • Sabrina Deskins (Delbarton, Family Court Judge, 8th Circuit)
  • Gerald Linkous (Princeton, Circuit Court Judge)
  • William Thompson (Scott Depot, Circuit Court Judge, 25th Circuit)