2018-01-17 / Front Page

Ford makes re-election bid, James seeks prosecutor post in 2018 election filings

Morgan County Commissioner Bob Ford has filed to run for another six-year term in office. Ford is running as Republican. He ran and served as Democrat during his first term in office from 2000 to 2006.

Dan James has filed as a candidate for Morgan County’s Prosecuting Attorney. James, a Republican, is serving in that job now as an appointee.

Aaron Close, a current member of the Morgan County School Board, has filed to run for re-election. His is one of three seats up for election during the May 8 non-partisan school board race.

Eastern Panhandle voters will also select, in the May primary, a judge to serve out the unexpired term of the late John Yoder in the 23rd Judicial Circuit. The Division 2 judge will be picked in a non-partisan race on May 8.

Debra McLaughlin of Berkeley Springs, who was appointed to serve in Yoder’s spot on the bench until the May election, has filed to run for the office.

David Hammer of Shepherdstown has also filed as a candidate for that judicial seat.

Judges in the 23rd Circuit hear cases in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties.

State Senator Charles Trump (R-Morgan) is seeking another term as a state legislator representing the 15th district, which includes Morgan County.

Seeking a seat in the House of Delegates for the 59th district are Larry Kump, a Republican from Falling Waters and John Isner, a Democrat from Hedgesville. Kump previously served as a state delegate and was defeated by Saira Blair (R-Berkeley) who holds the seat now.

Candidate filing continues in West Virginia through January 27 at the Secretary of State’s office and at County Clerk’s offices around the state.

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