Silver Haired Legislature Election Is Tuesday

NORTHERN PANHANDLE – Local seniors vote Tuesday to select their representatives to West Virginia’s Silver Haired Legislature.

The senior legislature mirrors the West Virginia Legislature and is comprised of 134 members representing 55 counties.

Like the Boys State and Girls State gatherings for high school students, seniors elected to the Silver Haired Legislature will get the chance to participate in and learn about the legislative process. They will also assist in drafting position papers on issues pertaining to seniors.

Those eligible to vote in Tuesday’s election must be at least 60 years of age and a resident of the county in which they vote.

Local voting is slated to take place at the following times and locations:

– Brooke County – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – 948 Main St., Follansbee; the Windsor Heights nutrition center site (old Catholic Church); the Wellsburg nutrition center, Town Square; and in Weirton at Freedom Place.

– Hancock County – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Senior Citizens Center, 647 Gas Valley Road. Voting is also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hancock House, New Cumberland.

– Marshall County – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Golden Towers, 501 10th St., Moundsville; Marwood Apartments, Marshall Street, Benwood; and Cameron Senior Center, Main Street, Cameron.

– Ohio County – From 9 a.m. to1 p.m. – Family Services Center, 51 11th St.,Wheeling; and 1208 Warwood Ave., Wheeling.

– Wetzel County – 8 a.m. to noon – Senior Center, 145 Paducah Drive, New Martinsville; and at the Byrd Center, Pine Grove.

No one filed to run for the legislature in Tyler County. In counties where there are no candidates, members of the West Virginia Legislature will be ask to appoint representatives for their areas.

The first meeting of the Silver Haired Legislature is to be scheduled for late July in Charleston. The group meets twice during the interim year and also convenes during the regular legislative session that begins in late January.