Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 17, 2012

Candidates applying for town council races in Tazewell are urged to have petitions filed by June

TAZEWELL, Va. — Candidates for the upcoming town council races in Tazewell County are being urged to have their petitions filed and verified by June 1.

All five towns in the county have moved their elections from May to November. The deadline for candidates to file their candidacy forms is June 12. However, June 12 is also the date of the 2012 Democratic and Republican primaries for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives races, meaning any petitions received at the deadline won’t be processed.

“I encourage all candidates, specifically those who have to file petitions, to file their forms no later than June 1st so that their petition signatures may be verified in case they need to obtain additional signatures,” county Registrar Debbie Barrett said. “Each candidate has to have a minimum of 125 qualified signatures for the following towns: Bluefield, Richlands and Tazewell. Cedar Bluff and Pocahontas candidates  are not required to file petitions. However, they are required to file a certificate of candidate qualification and a declaration of candidacy.”

As of Thursday, only a handful of candidates had filed for the upcoming town council races. And no candidates have filed to date in the town of Richlands.

In the town of Bluefield, the only candidate to file for town council to date is Donald Scott Linkous.

In the town of Cedar Bluff, incumbent Mayor C. Jerry Herron has filed for re-election, and  R. Matt Whitt has filed for town council.

In the town of Pocahontas, the only candidate to file to date is Darrell Lester Hunley for town council.

In the town of Tazewell, incumbents David H. Fox and Christopher A. Blankenship along with candidate Betty Watson Conn have all filed for town council.

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