Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 24, 2013

Absentee voting begins in Bluefield

CHARLES OWENS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — BLUEFIELD — Absentee voting is now underway in Bluefield’s closely watched municipal election.

Citizens who meet certain qualifications can vote absentee now at city hall. Absentee ballots also can be requested up until the day of the election. City voters also can cast an early ballot beginning May 15 and continuing until June 1 at city hall. “Citizens should check with the city clerk’s office to see if you qualify to vote absentee,” City Attorney Brian Cochran said. “Our code refers to the West Virginia election law, which is chapter three of the West Virginia State Code.”

City voters — regardless of whether they vote absentee, cast an early ballot or visit the polling precinct on June 4 — face a full ballot. In fact, 13 candidates are vying for five seats on the Bluefield Board of Directors.

In district one, incumbent board member Mary Frances Brammer is being challenged by former mayor Rev. Garry D. Moore, Sr. and Barbara Thompson Smith.

In district two, incumbent Mayor Linda Whalen is being challenged by Steven P. Coleman and Ellen Peters Light.

In district three, the candidates include Michael Gibson and David Smith.

Five candidates are vying for the two at-large seats on the board. They include Thomas J. “Tom” Cole, Charles “Chuck” McGonagle, incumbent Pete Sternlof, Willie C. Hunt and Richard Lee Dillon.