Candidates file to run for Jackson County offices

Suzette Lowe
Special to Jackson Newspapers

West Virginia’s primary election will be May 10. Candidates can file to run for office from Jan. 10-29.

In Jackson County, the first day saw candidates filing paperwork to run for local offices of county commission, county clerk, circuit clerk, board of education and Republican Executive Committee.

County Clerk Cheryl Bright oversees candidates Dick Waybright, Bruce DeWees, Christina Gossett and Steve McClure as they file to run for local offices.

A six-year term on the Jackson County Commission from the western district will see a contested race.

Incumbent Dick Waybright, will run once again. Waybright, from Ravenswood, has served two terms on the commission.

Cottageville resident Steve McClure also filed for the position. McClure previously served several years as the director of Emergency Medical Services for the county.

Both Waybright and McClure are Republicans.

Republican Christina Gossett filed paperwork to run for county clerk. Gossett currently serves as the payroll clerk for the county. County Clerk Cheryl Bright will not be seeking re-election.

Current Circuit Clerk Bruce DeWees filed to run once again. DeWees will be vying for his third consecutive term.

Gossett and Waybright are also seeking re-election to four-year terms on the Republican Executive Committee.

In an unusual set of circumstances, four positions for Jackson County Board of Education are open. Normally, three spots would be contested, but with the resignation of Bobbi Ferrell, one more spot is up for grabs. Bea Isner was appointed to fulfill the position for the Eastern District until the primary.

Incumbents Jim Frashier, Ben Mize and Dan Barnette filed for their respective districts. Frashier and Mize are candidates from the Northern District, while Barnette is from the Western District.

Jim Frashier, Dan Barnette and Ben Mize all file to run for the non-partisan positions on the Jackson County Board of Education.

The county clerk’s office will be open until noon on Saturday, Jan. 29, for candidates to file for office.

The City of Ripley will have all five positions on City Council, city recorder and the office of mayor on the May ballot. Candidates for those offices may file paperwork at the municipal building from Feb. 1-18. This filing period will be set with a second reading of an ordinance change at the Tuesday, Jan. 18, city council meeting. In future elections, the filing period for municipal will follow the state.

State and national races will include the West Virginia House of Delegates and the U.S. House of Representatives. Jackson County, due to redistricting, is now in the 1st congressional district and Districts 16 and 17 in the House of Delegates.