Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 10, 2010

Public office candidates can begin filing Monday for May primary election

PRINCETON — Starting today people who wish to be candidates for public office in West Virginia can begin filing for the primary election on May 11.

“It begins on the 11th (Monday) and it goes through and includes Jan. 29,” said Mercer County Clerk Verlin Moye.

Where a candidate files his or her form depends on the office they are seeking, Moye said. If it is a multi-county position, or a seat in the State Senate or House of Delegates, the forms must be filed at the W.Va. Secretary of State’s Office.

Filing for multi-county positions at the secretary of state’s office is a new requirement, according to a statement Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant issued to county clerks. In the past, only candidates whose districts covered more than one county had to file with the secretary’s office.

The Secretary of State’s office will be open until the deadline on the last day to assistant any last minute filers, Tennant said.

Information about important dates for candidates to remember is available on the secretary of state’s website at Candidates can find out when their campaign finances reports are due, when county clerks will do a random drawing for a ballot position and when the deadline for a candidate to have their name removed from the ballot if they decide not to run.

“We have turned our conference room into a place completely dedicated to helping candidates file their paperwork,” Tennant said. “Our elections division will be there to answer questions and help candidates make sure they’ve dotted their I’s and crossed their T’s. We want to make this process as easy as possible, so the candidates can focus on the issues facing the citizens of West Virginia.”

Candidates for county positions can file at the Mercer County Clerk’s Office.

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