Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott to Seek Re-Election
W.Va. 2020 election season begins Monday
WHEELING — Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott said Friday he will seek re-election in 2020, and he plans an official announcement in the coming week.
Elliott’s decision comes as prospective candidates for office in West Virginia begin submitting candidacy filings Monday, officially kicking off the 2020 election year. Filing season in West Virginia continues through midnight on Jan. 25.
Elliott indicated he will file for re-election next week and will make an official announcement shortly after that. He had no additional comment.
Elliott, an attorney, becomes the third candidate to say he will seek the office of mayor in 2020. Others who have said they will enter the race are Jerry Jacobs, a construction consultant, and Chris Hamm, a downtown business owner.
Questions still remain about other local races in the 2020 election. Who will run for city council? Will other candidates jump into the House of Delegates 1st and 4th District races? And who will be the candidates for the 2nd District state Senate seat?
Political pundits await the answers to these and other election questions in the coming days.
Among the races sparking the most interest are those involving the city of Wheeling, where elected officials in 2019 enacted a $2 per week user fee tax on those working in the city of Wheeling. Money generated will be used to pay for construction of a public safety building and infrastructure improvements in the city.
Announcing so far they will seek Wheeling City Council seats in 2020 are Charles Ballouz in the 2nd Ward, Rosemarie Ketchum in the 3rd Ward, and Jeff Knierim in the 4th Ward.
The West Virginia Legislature kicked off its session this week with state Sen. Mike Maroney, R-Marshall, not in attendance. He has informed Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, he will be present beginning Monday, according to Jacque Bland, director of communications for the West Virginia Senate.
Maroney, a Glen Dale physician, serves as chairman of the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee. In August, he was arrested on charges relating to solicitation of prostitution.
Democrat Carla Jones of Fairview is the only candidate to file as a pre-candidate in the race for Maroney’s seat.
The 1st District Senate Race, meanwhile, has attracted three candidates so far. Senate Majority Whip Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, has announced he will seek re-election, and he expects to face a primary challenge from Republican Jack Newbrough of Wheeling. Delegate Randy Swartzmiller, D-Hancock, meanwhile, also will seek the Senate seat next year.
Swartzmiller’s move will leave an opening in the House of Delegates 1st District, where two candidates will be elected. Former Delegate Mark Zatezalo, a Republican, has filed as a pre-candidate in the race, and Delegate Patrick McGeehan, R-Hancock, has said he will seek re-election.
There will be changes in the House of Delegates 4th District as Delegate Joe Canestraro, D-Marshall, has announced he won’t seek re-election, but will instead seek the office of Marshall County prosecutor. Two delegates will be elected in the race.
Filing as pre-candidates for the seats are Delegate Lisa Zukoff, D-Marshall, Democrat Christian Turak and Republican Charles Reynolds.
At the state level, Gov. Jim Justice will seek re-election. Elected as a Democrat in 2016, Justice switched parties and will be on the GOP ticket this year. He faces a primary challenge against two announced Republican candidates, his former commerce secretary Woody Thrasher and former Delegate Mike Folk, R-Berkeley.
Announced Democrats for governor include Stephen Smith, Kanawha County Commission Ben Salango, and State Sen. Ron Stallings, D-Boone.