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It’s time to vote Hancock County

May 6, 2012
The Review

On Tuesday, registered voters in Hancock County, as well as those throughout West Virginia, will head to the polls in the May primary.

At this point, the race for the GOP presidential candidate is all but wrapped up with only Mitt Romney continuing to maintain a high profile on the election trail.

But this primary is more than about which candidate earns the delegate votes that West Virginia has available.

This election is about what people you would have representing your state at the national level; it's about what people you would have governing your state; it's about what people you would have leading your county; and it's about what people you would have in charge of your schools.

Most all races Tuesday will determine what two candidates vie for the position come the general election in November.

For U.S. Senator, incumbent Joe Manchin and Sheirl Fletcher, democrats, face off in order to compete with republican John Raese.

In the race for governor, incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin faces opposition from Arnie Moltis on the democratic ticket, while republicans Bill Maloney and Ralph William Clark square off.

In the House of Delegates race, voters select two from each party on Tuesday and then four candidates will vie for the two Delegate positions in the fall. For the democrats, incumbents Randy Swartzmiller and Ronnie Jones are matched against Marilyn Boyd, while the GOP has Justin Bull and Carl Thompson on the ballot.

Hancock County will have a new sheriff in November and on Tuesday voters will decide what two men will compete for that position - Ken Thorn, Ralph Fletcher and Ted Dragisich are on the democratic ballot, while Creston Kennedy, Ralph Haggerty and George Village compete in the republican race.

And for county magistrate, which three will be elected in November, voters must dwindle the list of candidates on the democratic ticket from four to three. Running are incumbents Scott Hicks, Mike Powell and Betty Baurer with a challenge from Curt Parkins. On the republican ballot, current sheriff Mike White is running unopposed.

The only race Tuesday where all votes are final is for the Hancock County Board of Education. There are three candidates for two open board seats with incumbents Jerry Durante and Patsy Brancazio challenged by Michelle Chappell.

And finally, voters will have a levy before them as the Hancock County Animal Shelter on Gas Valley Road is seeking a four-year renewal that would provide it $100,000 yearly.

We urge all registered voters to head to the polls Tuesday. It's important.



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