2015 Glenville Election Results

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Glenville Mayor

      1.  Denis Fitzpatrick (incumbent) — 42
      2.  Jess McVaney — 1
      3.  Gary Collins — 1
      4.  Carson Yeager — 1

Glenville Recorder

      1.  Debra L. Starcher-Johnson — 49

Glenville Council Ward 1

      1.  Vonda P. Montgomery – 10

Glenville Council Ward 2

      1.  Kevin Wiant— 3

Glenville Council Ward 3

      1.  Anna Jean Rogucki — 11

      2.  Clarence Williamson — 3

Glenville Council Ward 4

      1.  Tammy Stewart Hufman — 7

Glenville Council Ward 5

      1.  Gina Hoard Taylor — 14

The Charter Amendment changing terms for city office from two to four years:

      FOR — 39
      AGAINST — 12

2015 Weston Election Results

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Weston Mayor
(vote for one)

  1. Julia Spelsburg (incumbent) — 350
  2. Kim Harrison — 338

Weston Council Ward 1 (voting at Lewis EMS Building)

  1. Jenh W. Wyllie — 118
  2. Vicki Kerrigan — 35
  3. Nancy Lipps — 28
  4. Louis G. Craig Jr. — 5

Weston Council Ward 2 (voting at Broad Street Church)

  1. Eric Dever — 86
  2. Terry Cogar (incumbent) — 39
  3. John Bell — 8

Weston Council Ward 3 (voting at Real Life Church)

  1. Richard “Mike” Flanigan — 76
  2. Roger Gaines (incumbent) — 51
  3. Rebecca “Beckey” Baldwin — 29
  4. W.M. Woofter — 7

Weston Council Ward 4 (voting at Weston Fire Department)

  1. Justin Roy — 134
  2. David Blake (incumbent) — 60

2015 Burnsville Election Results

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Burnsville Mayor

(vote for one)

  1. Paul W. Bragg — 72
  2. Donna Darlene Summers — 37

Burnsville Recorder

(vote for not more than one)

  1. Duane Mattson — 62
  2. Marsha E. Dean — 45

Burnsville City Council

(vote for not more than five)

  1. Joe Sprouse — 81
  2. Johnnie Verton — 66

  3. Ann Mattson — 58

  4. Missy Conrad — 55

  5. Gary Crutchfield — 52

  6. Chris S. Dean — 50
  7. Anita B. Moore — 46
  8. Jimmy L. Henegar, Jr. — 43
  9. Coleden R. Belknap — 19

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - GOP Governor’s Race Taking Shape


The clouded picture of the Republican field in the 2016 West Virginia Governor’s race is now coming more into focus.

A significant development occurred over the weekend when state Senate President Bill Cole spoke separately by phone with 1st District Congressman David McKinley and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, telling them he plans to announce today he’s entering the race.

Cole will make his announcements this morning during an appearance on Metronews Talkline, at his car dealership in Bluefield, and later in the day at the State Capitol.

McKinley wanted badly to run for Governor, but he got heavy pressure from a number of fellow Republicans to remain in Congress.  Also, McKinley is neck-deep in the fight against the Obama administration and the EPA over the loss of coal jobs and he believes he can be more effective in Washington than Charleston.

The three-term Representative is a heavy favorite to win re-election next year.

Morrisey, however, is not yet willing to concede to Cole.  The Attorney General told me yesterday that he’s still “seriously considering” running for Governor.  Morrisey points out that he’s the most conservative of the three, and that provides him with what he believes is a pathway to victory in a conservative state.

Morrisey says that Cole’s announcement today will not prompt him to rush his own decision about 2016.

Meanwhile, Cole’s plan to run for Governor creates a secondary problem for the GOP: who will run for the seat now held by the Senate President?  Cole would have been a heavy favorite to win a second four-year term in 2016, but now that seat in the 6th District (all of Mercer and portions of McDowell, Mingo and Wayne counties) will be open.

Republican leaders, aware that Cole was likely going to enter the Governor’s race, have already started their recruiting efforts.  All three Mercer County Delegates (John Shott, Marty Gearheart and Joe Ellington) are Republican so one of them may try for the upper chamber.

One Republican leader told me that Shott “would be in the driver’s seat” if he wanted to run, but Shott currently holds a powerful position in the House as Judiciary Committee Chairman.

Democrats may see Cole’s departure as a chance to regain a seat in the 6th they lost in 2014 when Wayne County Republican Mark Maynard upset long-time Mingo County Democratic Senator Truman Chafin. Princeton attorney Rocky Seay has already filed to run and Chafin says he’s considering running again.

Currently, Republicans hold a narrow 18-16 advantage in the Senate, with 17 seats up for election in 2016.

In the Governor’s race on the Democratic side, the two candidates so far are Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall) and Greenbrier owner Jim Justice.

Election Results for Clarksburg, Lumberport, Salem and West Union

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Results from municipal elections around West Virginia on Tuesday, June 02, 2015:

Clarksburg City Council

(vote for not more than three)

1. Cathy Goings (incumbent) — 1064 (17.1%) 

2. Gary R. Bowden (incumbent) — 968 (15.6%)

3. Chad E. Sigmon — 889 (14.3%)

4. Justine Scott Marino — 603 (9.7%)

5. Dan Thompson — 560 (9.0%)

6. Margaret Ann Bailey (incumbent) — 508 (8.2%)

7. Curtis W. Edwards — 505 (8.1%)

8. Martin Shaffer — 493 (7.9%)

9. “Tuna” Mateen Abdul-Aziz — 401 (6.4%)

10. Nathanael Herrod — 206 (3.3%)

11. Shaun M. Jedju — 23 (0.4%)


Clarksburg Water Board

(vote for not more than one)

1. Jon Calvert — 913 (40.5%)

2. R. Allen Gorrell — 817 (36.2%)

3. Frank F. Robinette — 524 (23.2%)

Total Voters: 2419 out of 10,312 (23.5%)


West Union Mayoral Election
(vote for one)

1. Joseph R. Thorpe (incumbent) — 57

2. Rockford A. Zickefoose — 27

3. Anthony J. Hayhurst — 5


West Union Recorder

(vote for one)

1. Betty Roxanne Adams — 63


West Union City Council

(vote for not more than five)

1. Stephen Ash — 70

2. James Lowell McAfee (incumbent) — 67

3. James D. Friend — 51

4. Tammy Porter — 41

5. Deborah Foreman (incumbent) — 40

6. Ersa L. Skjerli — 23

7. Mark L. Younkin — 22

8. Ralph E. Washington — 20

9. Michael D. Amos (incumbent) — 19


Lumberport Mayoral Election

(vote for one)

1. Justin Snyder — 102

2. Thomas C. Exline (incumbent) — 73


Lumberport Recorder

(vote for one)

1. Sherry Exline (incumbent) — 85


Lumberport City Council

(vote for not more than five)

1. Linda Carnes — 111

2. Johnny Raven (incumbent) — 106

3. Crystal Wright Gould — 77

4. Thomas Kelly Exline — 71

5. David Jr. Markley (incumbent) — 46


Salem City Council Election 1st Ward (vote for one)

1. Phyllis Plaugher (incumbent) — 23

2. Shawnette Stout — 21


2nd Ward (vote for one)

1. John Grumpy Sinnett — 24

2. Robert (Bobby) Knight (incumbent) — 5


3rd Ward (vote for one)

1. Valerie L. Luzader (incumbent) — 22

2. Kelly Greynolds — 18

WV Bill Banning ‘Trinkets’ Goes Into Effect

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A bill that bans the use of “trinkets” for public officials seeking election in WV goes into effect May 28.

House Bill 2457, sponsored by Delegate Kelli Sobonya, R-Cabell, was meant to prohibit the use of the name or likeness of elected or appointed officials on publicly owned vehicles, and passed in the WV House by a vote of 99-0.

The West Virginia Ethics Commission discussed the legislative rule for the bill in April at a regular meeting.

The legislation originating in the House of Delegates passed both chambers unanimously and was signed by the Governor on March 14.

For more than 10 years, Sobonya sponsored the bill, but until this year, her efforts were stalled.

“I want to thank (House) Speaker Tim Armstead and House Judiciary Chairman John Shott for moving this good government initiative forward and I am pleased it was ultimately signed by the Governor,” Sobonya said in a news release.

Sobonya said she hopes to finally put an end to the “unethical practice of shameless self-promotion on the public dime.”

Definitions in the bill say a public official is prohibited from using public funds to “distribute certain advertising materials bearing his or her name or likeness; prohibiting a public official from using public funds or public employees for entertainment purposes within forty-five days of a primary, general, or special election in which the public official is a candidate.”

According to the rule, advertising for purposes of West Virginia code ban “any form of publication or media communication intended for general dissemination to the public that has the primary intent or effect of promoting a public official.”

10’s A Crowd? GOP Prepares for Double Digits on Debate Stage

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The first Republican presidential debate will feature no fewer than 10 candidates.

That’s according to guidelines released Wednesday by debate hosts Fox News and Facebook, which offer the first clues as to how the GOP will handle its largest presidential class in recent memory. Party officials have been working privately in recent weeks to prevent its first debate in August from becoming a nationally televised circus, while lesser-known candidates have been lobbying for access.

Only announced candidates will be allowed to participate, according to the new guidelines. Participation will be limited to those who “place in the top 10 of an average of the five most recent national polls, as recognized by Fox News.“

More than 10 candidates would be allowed on the debate stage in the event of a tie.

At least 15 high-profile contenders are expected to compete for a spot, a group likely to include eight current or former governors, four senators, two accomplished business executives and a renowned neurosurgeon.

There will be winners and losers under the new system.

The winners could include the likes of Donald Trump, a businessman and reality television star who has already launched a presidential exploratory committee. While some party officials were reluctant to grant him a spot on stage should he run, he has placed within the top 10 in most recent polls.

The losers could include statewide office holders who have struggled to gain national traction. Those on the bubble include former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and former technology executive Carly Fiorina, the only woman in the Republican field.

Their roads to the White House would be even steeper without the opportunity to stand out in a nationally televised debate.

“I’ll look forward to making the cut and making my case to GOP voters on Aug. 6,“ Fiorina wrote on Twitter.

Several candidates have lobbied Republican officials in recent weeks to consider creative options, including debate “heats” featuring seven or eight candidates at a time on consecutive nights.

CNN, which plans to hold a GOP debate in September, said Wednesday it will divide its event into two parts: one featuring the 10 highest-polling candidates, the other including “candidates who meet the minimum threshold of 1 percent in public polling but are ranked outside the top 10.“

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said, “We support and respect the decision CNN has made.“

For its August debate, Fox News also promised to provide “additional coverage and air time ... to those candidates who do not place in the top 10,“ according to Michael Clemente, the network’s executive vice president of news editorial.

There will be 12 GOP presidential debates between August and March, with the first scheduled for Aug. 6 in Cleveland. The moderators for the first meeting include Fox anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace.

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