Six Additional County Candidates File for May Primary Election

In the past week, six new candidates have filed for county, judicial and legislative offices that will be on the ballots at the May 14 primary election.
That raises the number of candidates to 24 that will appear on the ballot.
County races for seven offices have attracted 10 candidates, while six judicial offices have seven contenders and four legislative offices have seven contenders.
Darin Pizer of 1094 Washington Pike, Wellsburg, became the first Brooke County Democrat to file for office. He is seeking the nomination for county commission.
Edward Marks of 145 Hiddenwood Acres, Wellsburg, has filed for one of the two nonpartisan seats on the board of education.
Republicans who previously filed for county offices were:
County commission: A. J. Thomas of 165 Highland Hills Dr., Follansbee.
Prosecuting attorney: Allison Cowden of 132 Parkview, Weirton.
Sheriff: Richard Betty of 200 Church St., Follansbee.
Assessor: Thomas Oughton of 2248 Charles St., Wellsburg.
Conservation district supervisor:
Eric Freeland of 2622 Windy Hill Rd., Wellsburg.
Magistrates: Shannon Price of Wellsburg in Division 1 and Daniell Diserio of Wellsburg in Division 2. That race is nonpartisan
Board of education: Antionette Perkins of 109 May Rd., Follansbee has filed.
In nonpartisan judicial races to serve Brooke, Hancock and Ohio counties as family court judges, Joyce Dumbaugh Chernenko of Wellsburg has filed in Division 1, and Heather A. Wood of Weirton has filed in Division 2.
Candidates for four circuit judges to serve the same counties are Joseph Barki of Wheeling and Ron Wilson of Weirton, Division 1; David J. Sims of Wheeling in Division 2, Jason A. Cuomo of Follansbee in Division 3 and Michael J. Olejasz in Division 4.
No candidates have filed to run for Division 1.
In the race for a seat in the State Senate representing Brooke, Hancock and Ohio counties as well as part of Marshall County, Ryan W. Weld of P. O. Box 123, Wellsburg, and Scott Adams, a Republican of 1457 Grand Ave., Wellsburg, will compete for that nomination.
Brooke County is represented by three members of the House of Delegates.
Filing in District 1, which includes parts of Brooke and Hancock counties, was Pat McGeehan of 616 Florida Ave, Apt. 1, Chester.
Filing in District 2, which also includes parts of Brooke and Hancock counties, were Mark Zatezalo of 540 N. 12th St., Weirton, and Michele States of 170 Owings St., Weirton.
Filing in District 3, which includes parts of Brooke and Ohio counties were David Cantrell of 710 Stone Shannon Rd., Wheeling, and Jimmy Willis of 2199 West Liberty Rd., Bethany.
Judicial officers and members of the board of education will be elected at the May 14 election, while winners of parties’ nominations for other offices will face each other in the November general election.
Filing for county offices can be completed at the county clerk’s office in the courthouse, while those seeking election or nomination from multi-county districts must file with the Secretary of State.
Filing will continue until Saturday, Jan. 27.
Questions may be directed to county clerk Kimberly Barbetta at 304.737.3661 or the Secretary of State at 304.558-6000.