Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 15, 2013

Commission accepting applications for vacancy until Friday

PRINCETON — Resumes are still being accepted from qualified Mercer County residents who are interested in serving on the Mercer County Commission.

The commission announced Oct. 8 that applications would be accepted from people who wish to serve the remaining term of the late commissioner Joe Coburn, who passed away Oct. 3. Coburn’s term was scheduled to end in December 2014, said County Commission President Mike Vinciguerra.

Several applications have arrived at the Mercer County Courthouse since the announcement was made, Vinciguerra said Monday.

“I think it’s been about six,” he said. “And I’d say we’re going to get another four or five. I figure we’re going to get about 10 or 12.”

The deadline for applications is Friday. A new commissioner must be appointed by Nov. 3. Vinciguerra and commissioner Gene Buckner will then examine the resumes and see who would be the best person to serve the Third District. Eligible candidates must reside in the district.

Third District communities include Athens, Matoaka, Lashmeet, Oakvale, the Gardner area, Spanishburg, Sun Valley, Flat Top and parts of Montcalm. Applicants must be, like Coburn, a Democrat.

“Gene and I will sit down and go over the applications, go over the resumes and everything, and pick the person who would do the best job for Mercer County,” Vinciguerra said, adding the decision would likely be made next week.

“That would give us a chance to go over it,” Vinciguerra said.

The person appointed to Coburn’s seat would serve until Dec. 31, 2014. If the appointee wishes to retain the seat, he or she would have to run for the county commission during the May primary of 2014, and then in the general election of November 2014, Vinciguerra said.

Applications can be mailed to the Mercer County Commission, 1501 West Main St., Suite 210, Princeton, WV 24740.

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