Judicial Debate Wanted

WHEELING — Members of the West Virginia Supreme Court must sit down, argue points and hammer out differences on a daily basis.

Now Supreme Court candidate Margaret Workman thinks it might be good practice for her and her opponents to sit down for a debate prior to the election.

Actually, she is calling for a series of Supreme Court debates — or candidate forums — at various locations throughout West Virginia between now and the May 13 primary election.

“We’re already traveling the state,” she said. “There is only one candidate forum scheduled so far, and that is in the Eastern Panhandle.”

Workman, a Charleston resident, already has served on the state Supreme Court, being the first woman elected to statewide office in West Virginia in 1988. She served on the court from 1989 to 2000.

This year there are two seats up for election on the state Supreme Court. Incumbent Justice Elliott “Spike” Maynard, a native of Williamson, W.Va., is seeking re-election, while current Justice Larry Starcher has chosen not to run for his seat.

Including Maynard, there are five candidates in the race — four Democrats and one Republican.

Vying for the Democratic nomination are Workman, Maynard, Menis E. Ketchum of Huntington and Bob Bastress of Morgantown. Beth Walker of Charleston is running on the Republican ticket.

Current justices not up for election this year are Robin Davis, Joseph P. Albright and Brent Benjamin.