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W.Va. Early Vote Starts Wednesday

File photo A voter waits outside the Ohio County Elections Office in Wheeling in May 2020 to cast his ballot during early voting before the rescheduled primary election in June.

WHEELING — While the race for U.S. president gets most of the attention, it won’t be the only contest on local ballots as early voting starts Wednesday across West Virginia.

The selection of national, state, county and in some cases city officials all go before voters in this general election

In-person early voting takes place during normal business hours at local courthouses beginning Wednesday, and continues on weekdays and Saturdays through Oct. 31. Voting will not take place on Sundays.

No-excuse absentee mail-in voting also is underway in the state.

Early polls will be open during the following hours in these counties:

∫ Brooke County — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays.

∫ Hancock County — 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

∫ Marshall County — 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

∫ Ohio County — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays.

∫ Tyler County — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

∫ Wetzel County — 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and on Fridays. Thursday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The traditional Election Day is Nov. 3, and all in-person polls will be open that day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

In local contests to be decided Nov. 3, two Wheeling residents are vying for the 1st District U.S. House seat representing West Virginia. They are incumbent Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., and Democrat Natalie Cline.

But as voters see national and state races at the top of their ballots, some of the more tightly contested local races are for seats in the West Virginia Legislature.

The District 1 West Virginia Senate seat sees Senate Majority Whip Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, being challenged by Delegate Randy Swartzmiller, D-Hancock. A District 2 Senate race pits Sen. Mike Maroney, R-Marshall, against Democrat Josh Gary.

Two candidates will be elected in the race for a District 1 House of Delegates seats. The candidates are Delegate Pat McGeehan, R-Hancock; Republican Mark Zatezalo; and Democrats Ronnie Jones and Jack Wood.

In District 2, Delegate Phil Diserio, D-Brooke, sees a challenge from Gordon Greer.

Voters will select two delegates in District 3 from among incumbent delegates Erikka Storch, R-Ohio and Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, and Republican Dalton Haas and Democrat Ben Schneider.

Three candidates are on the ballot in the District 4 race, with two to be elected. Candidates are Delegate Lisa Zukoff, D-Marshall, Democrat Christian Turak and Republican Charlie Reynolds.

The District 5 race sees Delegate David Pethtel, D-Wetzel, challenged by Phillip Wiley. And in District 6, Delegate David L. Kelley, R-Tyler, faces opposition from Democrat Cindy Welch.

In Ohio County, there is a contested race for county commission between four-term Commissioner Tim McCormick and former Ohio County Board of Education president Zach Abraham. Also on the ballot is a contest for assessor between incumbent Tiffany Hoffman, a Democrat, and Republican Katrina Taylor.

A levy to fund local public bus transportation will be on the ballot in both Wheeling and Bethlehem.

There is a contested sheriff’s race in Brooke County between Republican Richard Beatty and Democrat Kevin L. Heck, while Hancock County voters will see a race for commissioner between Commissioner Joe Barnebei, a Democrat, and Republican Eron Check.

In Tyler County, Democrat Carla McBee is a candidate for commission, as is Allen Rush, who filed as an Independent.

There are no contested races for county office in Marshall County, but voters in Moundsville do see contests for city council seats.

A race in Ward 1 has incumbent Judy Hunt against Carole Blake Wood. Also, two at-large council members will be elected from among Brianna Hickman, Denny Wallace, Philip Remke, Randy Chamberlain and David Seum.

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