2017-06-07 / Front Page

Early voting underway in town elections

Residents in Morgan County’s two municipalities will go to the polls next Tuesday, June 13 to elect council members, a recorder and two mayors.

Paw Paw

The Town of Paw Paw, with roughly 400 registered voters, will hold their election at Town Hall on Winchester Street between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Residents who are registered to vote will elect a mayor and five council members from a wide field this year.

Current mayor Alton Wolfe is seeking another four-year term and is opposed by challengers Zach Thomas, Tim Mose and Eldridge Kerns.

Current council members Robert Rowzee and Earl Myers, Jr. are seeking re-election to another two-year term on council. Also running for one of five seats on council are Betty Jo Henry, Seth Corbett, Karen Braithwaite, David Clark, Carol Morrison and Bill Hayes Jr.

Early voting in the town election began last Wednesday, May 31 and continues through this Saturday, June 10. Early voting hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on business days and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

More information about the town election is available from Town Hall at 304-947- 7476.

Town of Bath

Residents in the Town of Bath within Berkeley Springs will elect a mayor, town recorder and five council members next Tuesday, June 13.

Early voting there also began on May 31 and continues through this Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Town Hall on Wilkes Street.

Mayor Scott Merki is seeking another two-year term in office. He is challenged by resident Michelle Ritchie for the seat.

Current council member Peace White is running for the town recorder post. She is facing off against longtime mayor Susan Webster. Current recorder Vince Kidwell is not seeking re-election.

Current council members seeking re-election to another two-year term are Rick Weber, Elizabeth Skinner, Andy Swaim and Chris Chapman. Newcomer Rose Jackson is running for the fifth council seat.

The elected officials will begin their two-year term on July 1.

Polls will be open on June 13 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For more information on the Bath election, call Town Hall at 304-258-1102.

Bath voter rolls

There are 618 registered voters in the town, according to Morgan County Chief Deputy Clerk Heather Tyler. But many voters are inactive, she said, because they do not exercise their right to vote or they have moved out of the area and have not re-registered to vote elsewhere.

When a voter re-registers in another area, the county clerk’s office is notified so that person can be removed from its records.

As of Monday, June 5, 17 people had cast their ballots in early voting, said Bath Town Clerk Melinda Holliday.

Voters are not required to show a photo ID to cast a ballot. First time voters may be asked for proof of ID.

Election results will be posted on The Morgan Messenger website.

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