PRINCETON — A list of local candidates started growing this week when filing season opened for people seeking local and state office.

In West Virginia, candidate filing began Monday. The deadline for filing is Jan. 30, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office. Candidates filing to run for state and federal office must file with the secretary of state, and candidates for county office must file at the county clerk’s office.

As of Tuesday, a list of candidates for the May 10 primary election showed that Republican Bill Cole of Bluefield had filed for governor of West Virginia. Democrats Booth Goodwin of Charleston and Jim Justice of Lewisburg had also filed for the governor's race, according to the list provided by the Mercer County Clerk's Office.

In the race for the House of Delegates 27th District, Sabrina Shrader of Princeton had filed to run.

Several candidates, both incumbents and challengers, have filed for benches on the Mercer Count Circuit Court. Circuit Court Judge Derek Swope of Bluefield had filed for the 9th Judicial Circuit, 1st Division, as a non-partisan candidate. Circuit Court Judge William J. Sadler of Princeton filed as a non-partisan candidate for the 9th Judicial Circuit, 2nd Division.

Non-partisan candidates Scott A. Ash of Athens and Mark Wills of Princeton have both filed for judge in the 9th Judicial Circuit, 3rd Division, according to the county clerk’s list. That division's bench became vacant when Circuit Court Judge Omar Aboulhosn resigned in order to accept a federal magistrate position.

County Clerk Verlin Moye of Princeton filed to run for reelection.

In the race for a seat on the Mercer County Commission, Republican candidate Douglas C. Quesinberry of Bramwell had filed to run. Another new candidate, Democrat Jim Ferguson of Bluefield, had also filed.

Democrat Kelli Harsh-barger of Princeton filed her papers to run for Mercer County Prosecuting Attor-ney.

In the race for Mercer County Sheriff, Republican Darrell “D.B.” Bailey of Bluefield is running along with Democrat Kevin Weiss of Princeton. Other candidates have announced their intention to run, but had not filed papers as of Tuesday.

Sharon D. Gearhart of Princeton, a Democrat, filed to run for county assessor.

Non-partisan candidates that have filed for county magistrate so far include: Charles N. Poe of Athens; Keith T. Compton of Princeton; Mike Flanigan of Princeton; and Sandra Dorsey of Bluefield.

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