Late filers complete GOP ticket
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Dec 12, 2013 | 909 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Several candidates filed in the past week to run for Upshur County offices in the March 4 Republican primary, including two who did so less than half an hour before Monday’s 6 p.m. deadline, said county GOP Chairmany Cynthia Ridgeway.

The late filers were Lindley Todd Quinn, who became the second candidate for County Treasurer; and Wyone Manes, who became the third candidate for her former post as Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace. In addition, Mrs. Ridgeway filed late Monday afternoon for reelection as Republican county chairman and is unopposed.

One other candidate for treasurer, Brandy Vick, had filed Thursday night to run. Incumbent Myra Harris, a Democrat, isn’t seeking reelection.

Mrs. Manes, who was ousted from office in 2010 by its current occupant, Laura Lee Norred, joins Kimberly Clift Stone and Cheryl Taylor in seeking to succeed Ms. Norred, who did not file for reelection.

Also filing during the past week was Sherry Jewkes-Larsen, who filed Saturday morning to oppose Rebecca (Becky) Skinner for retiring Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace W.V. Ray’s post. Along with Mrs. Harris, Ray is the only Democrat holding an Upshur County elective office, and no Democrats filed to run for county office this time, although one Libertarian is running.

Other candidates (other than those running for Republican precinct chairmen) who filed in the GOP primary included:

• County Judge Dean Fowler, seeking reelection, and challenger Ronnica Ridgeway.

• Karen Bunn and Kathryn Wilson, both seeking retiring District Clerk Carolyn Parrott’s post.

• Pct. 2 Commissioner Cole Hefner, seeking reelection, and an opponent, Don Gross.

• Pct. 4 Commissioner Mike Spencer, seeking reelection, and challenger Karmen Kelley.

• In uncontested races, Terri Ross is seeking retiring appointed County Clerk Barbara Winchester’s post (but will face Libertarian Peggy LaGrone in November), and three incumbents are unopposed for reelection: District Attorney Billy Byrd, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Lyle Potter, and Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Rhonda T. Welch.

Upshur County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Miles Jr. is also unopposed for reelection in his party’s March 4 primary.
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