By Beth Christian
The Parsons Advocate
PARSONS – A third candidate has thrown his hat into the ring in hope of representing parts of Tucker and Preston counties in the W.Va. House of Delegate District 53. Tony J. Lewis, of Eglon, announced he will be seeking a seat in the Legislature. Lewis, a Republican, will face candidates Al Tomson, a Democrat from Davis and D.R. Buck Jennings, a Republican from Thornton. The trio will vie for the seat, currently held by Delegate Randy Smith, R-Davis, who is running against incumbent Senator Bob Williams, D-Bridgeport.
The Primary Election is slated for May 10. The deadline for filings has come and gone but the Executive Committees may appoint folks to run where there are unopposed seats.
Those filing to run for office in Tucker County include:
Incumbent Sherry Simmons, Republican from Parsons, for Tucker County Clerk.
Ray LaMora III, Republican from Parsons, for Tucker County Prosecuting Attorney.
The Tucker County Commission has one seat up for vote. Incumbent Lowell Moore, Republican from Parsons will face Hendricks resident Roxanne D. Tuesing, Democrat, for that position.
Brian K. Wilfong, a Democrat from Hambleton, is the current Tucker County Sheriff and is the only one filed to run for that position.
Incumbents Riley H. Barb of Davis has filed for Division 1 Tucker County Magistrate and Mont Miller of Parsons has filed for Division 2 Tucker County Magistrate.
Current Tucker County Assessor Paul “Butch” Burns did not file for re-election. Those running for this position include James “Chris” Michael, a Republican from Parsons and Greg Stevens, a Democrat from Parsons.
Tucker County Circuit Clerk Donna Jean Bava will be retiring in December. Three folks have filed to run for that position, including David Cooper, a Democrat from Parsons; Kim Ledden, a Democrat from Hambleton; and Sharon Moats, a Democrat from Parsons.
James B. Nester of Parsons has filed for Conservation District Supervisor.
Two seats are available on Tucker County Board of Education. Tim Turner of Parsons is running for his second term on the board. Bud Parsons is not seeking re-election. Chopper Evans, of Hambleton, is also running for a seat on the Tucker County Board of Education.
Incumbent Delegate Danny Wagner, R-Philippi, is running against Ken Auvil, Democrat from Belington for a seat in the W.Va. House of Delegates, District 47 which covers parts of Barbour and Tucker Counties.
Those filing to run for the U.S. House District 1 include David B. McKinley, incumbent, a Republican from Wheeling and Mike Manypenny, a Democrat from Grafton.
Michele W. Good and Lori Haynes, both of Elkins, have filed for Family Court Judge in Circuit 22.
Additional information about the Primary Election is available by calling the Tucker County Courthouse at 304-478-2414, ext. 201, or the W.Va. Secretary of State by calling 304-558-6000 or online at www.wvsos.com.