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W.Va. voters to head to polls

May 7, 2012
By WARREN SCOTT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

Ballots in Tuesday's primary election will include candidates for Brooke and Hancock county commissioner, sheriff, prosecutor, magistrate, school board and state delegate as well as candidates for president and several federal and state offices.

Polls will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

Running for a seat in the U.S. Senate are challengers Sheirl Fletcher of Morgantown, a Democrat; and John Raese of Morgantown, a Republican; and Democratic incumbent Joe Manchin of Fairmont.

Running for governor are Republican challengers Ralph William Clark and Bill Maloney, both of Morgantown; Democratic challenger Arnie Moltis of South Charleston and Democratic incumbent Earl Ray Tomblin of Chapmanville.

The election also will eliminate candidates for state treasurer and commissioner of agriculture, with the winners of the primary advancing to the Nov. 6 general election.

Ballots also will include the following other candidates:

- State house of delegates, 1st District (Hancock and part of Brooke): challenger Marilyn S. Boyd of Newell and incumbents Ronnie Jones of Weirton and Randy Swartzmiller of Chester on the Democratic ticket; and challengers Justin Bull of Weirton, Ian T. Masters of Newell and Carl Thompson of Weirton on the Republican ticket.

They are vying for two seats in the House and the top two vote-getters in both the Democratic and Republican races will compete in the general election.

- Brooke County Commission, Follansbee District seat: challenger Jim Andreozzi of Follansbee, incumbent Marty Bartz of Wellsburg, and challengers John Bertram of Wellsburg, John Casinelli of Follansbee, Leonard DeWitt III of Follansbee, Roy Givens of Wellsburg, Burton K. Jennings II of Wellsburg, Richard McCullough of Follansbee, Janice Cox McFadden of Wellsburg and Steve Tennant of Wellsburg.

All are Democrats. The seat must be filled by a resident of the Follansbee Magisterial District, but anyone may vote for the individual to fill it.

- Brooke County Commission, Wellsburg District seat: Democrats Tim Ennis and Richard Ferguson, both of Wellsburg.

Ennis was appointed in January to fill the Wellsburg District seat following the death of Bernie Kazienko. Under state law, an election must determine who will serve the remainder of Kazienko's unexpired term.

The seat must be filled by a resident of the Wellsburg Magisterial District, but anyone may vote for the individual to fill it.

- Brooke County Sheriff: Mike Allman, Roger Garretson and Chuck Jackson, all Democrats of Wellsburg. Under state law, incumbent Richard Ferguson isn't permitted to seek another term.

- Hancock County Sheriff: Democrats Ted Dragisich and Ralph Fletcher, both of Weirton; and Ken Thorn of Chester; and Republicans Ronald Haggerty Sr., Creston Kennedy and George Village, all of Weirton.

Under state law, incumbent Mike White may not seek another term.

- Brooke County Magistrate (two positions): Cathy Dillon and Calvin Heck, both of Follansbee; George Lewis of Beech Bottom, Robin Hukill Snyder of Wellsburg, Karen Stuck of Follansbee, Arthur Sullivan Jr. of Wellsburg and Linda Roberts Viderman of Wellsburg.

All are Democrats, and Snyder is an incumbent. The other incumbent, Mike Allman, is seeking another office.

- Hancock County Magistrate (three positions): Democrats Betty Visnic Bauer and Scott Hicks, both of Weirton; J. Curtis "Curt" Parkins of New Manchester and Mike Powell of Weirton. Bauer, Hicks and Powell are incumbents.

The winners will face Republican challenger Mike White in the general election.

- Brooke County Prosecutor: Democrats Joseph Barki of Wheeling and Wayne Mielke of Follansbee. Incumbent David B. Cross chose not to seek re-election.

- Brooke County Board of Education (two seats): Brian Ferguson of Wellsburg, Daniel McCauley of Follansbee and James Piccirillo and Bill Schwertfeger, both of Follansbee. Ferguson and Piccirillo are incumbents.

- Hancock County Board of Education (two seats): incumbent Patsy Brancazio of Weirton, challenger Michelle Chappell of New Cumberland and incumbent Jerry Durante of New Cumberland.

School board races are nonpartisan, so the winners of the seats will be decided in the primary election.

Candidates in the school board races may be from any of the three magisterial districts in the two counties. But the board may not have more than two residents of the same district, so the top two vote-getters may not necessarily be the ones who fill the seats.

Advancing to the general election because they are unopposed in their respective parties are:

- Republican incumbent David McKinley and Democratic challenger Sue Thorn, both of Wheeling, who are vying for a seat representing the local region in the U.S. House of Representatives.

- Republican challenger Pat McGeehan of Chester and Democratic incumbent Jack Yost of Wellsburg, who seek to represent Hancock, Brooke and Ohio counties and part of Marshall County in the state Senate.

- Republican Lynn Davis of Wellsburg and Democrat Phillip Diserio of Follansbee, who are seeking a seat representing the 2nd Delegate District, which includes Brooke County and part of Ohio County, in the state House of Delegates.

Diserio was appointed to the seat after Tim Ennis resigned the position in January to serve as Brooke County commissioner.

They will vie for one seat in the House because one of two seats representing the district was eliminated when the state was re-districted to conform with population changes.

Roy Givens held the other seat but has chosen to seek another office.

- Hancock County Commission candidates Jeff Davis of New Cumberland, who is the Democratic incumbent; and Mark Tetrault of New Manchester, a Republican challenger.

Also advancing to the general election will be candidates in both parties for West Virginia secretary of state, auditor and attorney general.

Voters may cast ballots at polling sites for their respective precincts.

Brooke County polling sites are:

- Wellsburg District: 1st Precinct, Wellsburg United Methodist Church, 11th and Charles streets; 4th Precinct, Wellsburg Primary School, Main Street entrance; 5th Precinct, Wellsburg Primary School, Charles Street entrance; 6th Precinct, Wellsburg fire station at 23rd Street; 11th Precinct, Beech Bottom Primary School; 14th Precinct, Bethany Town Building; 15th Precinct, McKinleyville Fire Club; 16th Precinct, Windsor Heights Firemen's Club; Precinct 21B, Franklin Primary School on state Route 27.

- Follansbee District: 17th Precinct, Franklin Fire Dept, 960 Washington Pike, Wellsburg; Precinct 20B, New Day Christian Center at the intersection of Rabbit Hill Road and Pleasant Avenue; Precinct 21A, Board of Education Building, 1201 Pleasant Avenue, Wellsburg; Precinct 23A, Hooverson Heights Primary School; Precincts 23B and 23D, Hooverson Heights Fire Department; 28th Precinct Follansbee City Building; 31st Precinct, Jefferson Primary School, Jefferson Street, Follansbee; Precincts 32A and 33, Follansbee Middle School, Mark Avenue and Main Street.

- Weirton District: 23C Precinct, Hooverson Heights Church of Christ, 102 Church Avenue; 24th Precinct, Colliers Primary School; 25th and 26th Precincts, Freedom Place II apartments at 3720 Main St., Weirton; 34th Precinct, Millsop Primary School, Marland Heights, Weirton; Precinct 35A, Open Door Baptist Church on Eldersville Road; Precinct 35B, Goodwill Grange on St. John's Road, Colliers; 36th Precinct, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Three Springs Drive, Weirton.

Hancock County polling sites are:

- Grant District: Precinct 1, Allen T. Allison Elementary; 2, Chester Volunteer Fire Department; 3, Newell Lions Club; 5, Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department; 6, Hancock County Senior Center; 7, Holiday Inn Express in Newell; 8, New Manchester Elementary; and 9, New Manchester Volunteer Fire Department.

- Clay District: Precinct 10, New Cumberland City Building; 11, Point Pleasant Church; 12, Oakland Fire Department; 13, Get Together Picnic Grounds; 14, County Road Fire Station; 16, Weirton Senior Center on Main Street; 17, Marland Heights Community Church; 18, Marland Heights Community Church; and 19, Hancock County Sheltered Workshop.

- Butler District: Precinct 20, Weir Middle School; 21, Hancock County Sheltered Workshop; 22, Weirton Heights Elementary; 23, Liberty School; 24, West Virginia Northern Community College, 25, Liberty School; 27, Broadview School; and 28, United Methodist Church on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Residents who aren't sure where they should vote should call (304) 564-3311, extension 288 or 282, in Hancock County or (304) 737-3661 in Brooke County.

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