City and County Offices Up for Vote on May 13
New Martinsville City Recorder Bonnie Shannon doesn’t have to worry about facing an opponent for her office in the May 13 election, but she does have to keep track of all those who are seeking office in the city.
There are four contested offices within New Martinsville. Boards of education in both Wetzel and Tyler counties will also potentially have new members following the election.
In New Martinsville, Police Chief Tim Cecil faces a challenge from Michael Thomas.
The city of approximately 5,300 residents will also choose from Street Commissioner Gary Willey and challenger Jeff Montgomery.
Residents in the 1st Ward will choose between Councilwoman Holly Grandstaff and challenger Jeremy Shepherd.
Shannon said this race is for the final two years of an unexpired term, as the winner will need to run for a full term in 2016.
Fourth ward voters will select either Councilman Steve Pallisco or challenger Linda Barth.
Three races on the ballot are uncontested, including Shannon’s and that of 2nd Ward Councilwoman Kathryn Goddard.
In the 3rd Ward, Councilman Chris Bachman is not seeking re-election, and only Jeff Wright filed for this seat.
New Martinsville office holders not up for election in 2014 include Mayor Keith Nelsen, as well as two other council positions.
These seats will by contested in 2016, along with the aforementioned 1st Ward position.
“The election runs on a cycle. Two years from now, the seats for mayor, 1st Ward, 5th Ward and 6th Ward will be up for election,” Shannon said.
At the county level, Wetzel County Commissioner Larry Lemon is unopposed for re-election. However, voters will select two candidates to fill four positions on the Wetzel County Board of Education.
In the race are incumbents Michael D. Blair and Robert Patterson, along with Josh Balcerek and Cindy Culley.
In Tyler County, Commissioner John Stender is running unopposed.
However, five are seeking three Tyler County Board of Education seats, including incumbent Jimmy Wyatt, Bonnie Henthorn, James Eric Mason, Kevin Roberts and Scott W. Strode.