Three Democrats and one Republican are facing off for three positions in the Hancock County Magistrate Court in the Nov. 6 general election.
Incumbents Scott Hicks, Mike Powell and Betty Bauer, all Democrats, will face Republican Mike White, Hancock County's current sheriff, in the election.
Hicks, Powell and Bauer moved on to the general election after fending off a challenge from Democrat J. Curtis Parkins in May. White was the lone Republican in the primary and automatically moved on to the general election.
White is finishing his final term as Hancock County sheriff. He has almost 40 years of law enforcement experience, and said, if elected, he wants to make sure everyone is treated fairly and equally.
Bauer has served as a Hancock County magistrate for more than 20 years. Prior to being elected, she served for 20 years as the Weirton city court clerk. She is a graduate of Weir High School and attended Steubenville Business College.
Powell has been a member of the Hancock County Magistrate Court for 14 years and previously had 22 years in law enforcement with the Weirton Police Department. He has served as chief magistrate, is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps., a member of the Tri-State Marines, Weirton Kiwanis, American Legion and is active with the Salvation Army.
Hicks also has served 14 years as a magistrate and is the current chief magistrate. He was a member of the Weirton Police Department for 26 years, serving four and a half years as chief of police. He presides over the Adult Treatment Court and has been recognized as one of the two longest-serving adult treatment court magistrates in the state. He is a member of the Weirton Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society.