Secretary of State Announces Candidate Filing Period

Updated 1/21/2020 at 4:15 p.m.

Local candidates who have officially filed for office:

Hardy County Commissioner
Steve Schetrom (R)
Greg Greenwalt (D)

Hardy County Assessor
Jim Wratchford (D)

Hardy Prosecuting Attorney
Lucas See (D)

Hardy County Sheriff
Steven Dawson (R)
Alicia Sanders (D)

Hardy County Magistrate (D1) Non Partisan
Craig Hose

Hardy County Magistrate (D2) Non Partisan
Shawna Crites

Board of Education
Jerry Yates (Capon District)

Hardy County Surveyor
David Jopling (D)

Conservation District Supervisor
George Leatherman (D)

WV House of Delegates
Bryan Ward (R)

State Senate – District 14
Randy Smith (R)
David Childers (D)

WV Attorney General
Isaac Sponaugle (D)

Candidates who have pre-filed but have yet to officially register during the filing period:

• William E. Keplinger Jr. – Commissioner of Agriculture

Original Story:

The Secretary of State’s Office has announced the candidate filing period for the 2020 election cycle. It will begin on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, and last until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.

Candidates can file their Certificate of Announcement in person during the hours listed at the following locations:

WV Secretary of State’s Office

State Capitol – Conference Room

• Monday, Jan. 13, to Friday, Jan. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

• Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

• Monday, Jan. 20, to Friday, Jan. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

• Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

WVSOS North Central WV Business Hub Office

200 East Main Street, in Clarksburg

• Monday, Jan. 13, to Friday, Jan. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

• Monday, Jan. 20, to Friday, Jan. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

• Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

WVSOS Eastern Panhandle Business Hub Office

229 East Martin Street, in Martinsburg

• Monday, Jan. 13, to Friday, Jan. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

• Monday, Jan. 20, to Friday, Jan. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

• Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Candidate’s Certificates of Announcement can also be mailed to the Secretary of State’s Office, and will be accepted so long as they are postmarked by no later than Jan. 25, 2020. Certificates postmarked by the deadline but received by the proper filing office after the Jan. 25 deadline will be accepted. However, any Certificates of Announcement that are postmarked after the deadline will not be accepted.

Candidates for the following offices must file their Certificate of Announcement at the Secretary of State’s Office:

• President

• US Senate

• US House of Representatives 

• Governor

• Secretary of State

• Attorney General

• State Auditor

• State Treasurer

• Commissioner of Agriculture

• Justice of the WV Supreme Court of Appeals

• WV State Senate

• WV House of Delegates

• Circuit Court Judge (unexpired)

• Greater Huntington Park Board

Candidates for local offices must file their Certificates of Announcement with the Hardy County Clerk’s Office between Monday, Jan. 13 and Saturday, Jan. 25. The Clerk’s office is located in the Hardy County Courthouse, 204 Washington St. in Moorefield. The Clerk’s office will open on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. until noon.

Local offices on the ballot will include:

County Commissioner – 1 seat

Assessor – 1 seat

Prosecuting Attorney – 1 seat

Sheriff – 1 Seat 

County Surveyor – 1 seat

Magistrate – 2 seats

Board of Education – 2 seats

Potomac Valley Conservation District Supervisor – 1 seat

For more information about candidate filing, contact the Elections Division at 304-558-6000, 866-767-8683 (toll free) or send a message to elections@wvsos.gov.