Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 7, 2014

More candidates emerging for Mercer, McDowell elections

PRINCETON — A handful of additional candidates have emerged for the May primary and November general ballots in Mercer and McDowell counties.

In the House of Delegates District 26 contest, Republican Tom Acosta, of Kimball, met the filing deadline and will be on the May primary ballot for the Republican nomination in the District 26 race. Incumbent Democrat Clif Moore, of Thorpe, is being challenged by Democrat S.P. “Pat” McKinney, of Welch, for the Democratic nomination in the District 26 contest.

A Democratic candidate also has been appointed by the state Democratic Executive Committee for the House of Delegates District 27 contest in Mercer County, according to Jake Glance, a spokesman for Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.

Glance said Democrat Carol B. Bailey, of Princeton, a retired school teacher, will not appear on the May primary ballot, but will appear on the November ballot in the District 27 contest.

The three incumbent Republicans in District 27 — Delegate Joe C. Ellington Jr., of Princeton, Delegate Marty Gearheart, of Bluefield, and Delegate John H. Shott, of Bluefield — will run unopposed on the May primary ballot for the Republican nomination. But they will be challenged by Bailey on the November general ballot.

Two other local state races also are contested.

In the Senate District 6 contest, incumbent Democrat H. Truman Chafin is being challenged by Republican Mark R. Maynard, of Genoa.

In the House of Delegates District 25 contest, incumbent Democrat Linda Goode Phillips of Pineville is being challenged by Republican Sue Cline of Brenton.

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com

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