With the general election just 69 days away, several candidates for office learned Tuesday where their names will appear on Ohio County's Nov. 6 ballot.
A drawing for ballot position took place in the county commission board room at the City-County Building. Each of West Virginia's 55 counties held similar proceedings Tuesday morning.
Some candidates believe that having his or her name listed first can be an advantage, but others believe it only becomes a factor in races featuring a large number of contestants.
Photo by Ian Hicks
Democrat ballot commissioner Frank Ellis pulls a number from a box held by Ohio County Elections Coordinator Toni Chieffalo during ballot position drawing proceedings Tuesday at the City-County Building as county Commissioner Tim McCormick looks on.
County Elections Coordinator Toni Chieffalo said because West Virginia voted Republican in the last presidential election, GOP candidates automatically will be listed at the top of their respective ballots, followed by Democrats and any third-party or independents candidates. A drawing is only needed in races where there are multiple candidates from each party running.
In the statewide race for two seats on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, Ohio County voters will see the four candidates in the following order: Republicans Allen Loughry of Harpers Ferry and John Yoder of Charleston, followed by Democrats Letitia "Tish" Chafin and incumbent Robin Jean Davis, both of Charleston.
In the race for two seats representing West Virginia's 3rd Delegate District, Republican challenger Larry Tighe's name will appear first, followed by that of incumbent Republican Erikka Storch, incumbent Democrat Ryan Ferns and Democrat challenger Shawn Fluharty. All four candidates reside in Wheeling.
Voters in the 4th Delegate District will select two candidates from a field of three, topped on the ballot by Republican David A. Evans of Cameron. Democrats Mike Ferro, an incumbent, and David Sidiropolis will be listed second and third, respectively. Both are from McMechen.
For the Ohio County magistrate race, in which six candidates - all from Wheeling - are vying for four seats, Republican challenger Desiree Lyonette's name will top the ballot, followed by incumbent and fellow GOP candidate Joe Roxby. Among Democrats, incumbent Patricia Murphy will appear first, followed by fellow incumbent Harry Radcliffe, challenger Rose M. Humway and incumbent Charles W. Murphy.
Ballot order for other races are as follows:
- U.S. President - Republican Mitt Romney, incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and Mountain Party candidate Jill Stein;
- U.S. House of Representatives, 1st District - Incumbent Republican David B. McKinley and Democrat Sue Thorn, both of Wheeling;
- U.S. Senate - Republican John Raese of Morgantown and Democrat incumbent Joe Manchin of Fairmont;
- W.Va. Governor - Republican Bill Maloney of Morgantown and incumbent Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin of Logan County;
- W.Va. Attorney General - Republican Patrick Morrisey of Harpers Ferry and incumbent Democrat Darrell V. McGraw of Charleston;
- W.Va. Commissioner of Agriculture - Republican Kent Leonhardt of Fairview and Democrat Sally Shepherd of Sissonville;
- W.Va. Secretary of State - Republican Brian Savilla of Southside and Democrat incumbent Natalie E. Tennant of Charleston;
- W.Va. Auditor - Larry V. Faircloth, a Republican from Martinsburg, and incumbent Democrat Glen B. Gainer of Parkersburg;
- W.Va. Treasurer - Republican Mike Hall of Winfield and Democrat incumbent John D. Perdue of Cross Lanes;
- W.Va. Senate, 1st District - Republican challenger Pat McGeehan of Chester and incumbent Democrat Jack Yost of Wellsburg;
- Ohio County Commissioner - Republican Patty Levenson and Democrat Orphy Klempa, both of Wheeling;
- Ohio County Prosecutor - Republican Worthy Paul and Democrat incumbent Scott Smith, both of Wheeling;
- Ohio County Sheriff - Incumbent Republican Pat Butler, followed by Democratic challenger and former Sheriff Thomas F. Burgoyne, both of Wheeling; and
- Ohio County Assessor - Democrat incumbent Kathie Hoffman, followed by independent candidate Sharon Zelkowski, both of Wheeling.