Eight Republicans, Six Democrats File for Governor’s Race

HNN Staff
Eight Republicans, Six Democrats File for Governor’s Race

CHARLESTON, WV (HNN) Fourteen people want to be West Virginia's next governor.

Acting Senate President Jeff Kessler D-Marshall joins acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, House Speaker Rick Thompson, Kanawha County resident Arne Moltis, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, and state Treasurer John Perdue.

Running as Republicans are former Secretary of State Betty Ireland; Randolph County Sen. Clark Barnes; Putnam County prosecutor Mark Sorsaia; former Berkeley County Delegate Larry Faircloth; Jackson County Delegate Mitch Carmichael; mine-drilling consultant Bill Maloney and Monongalia County residents Cliff Ellis, Ralph William Clark.

A drawing for ballot position is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 at the state Capitol. It will be webcast live at www.sos.wv.gov/news .

The state legislature passed a law last week that settled on May 14 as the date of the primary election and October 4 as the date of the general election. Secretary Tennant’s office reported at least 90 days were required by existing law to plan and administer the election. 

During debates in committee meetings, Tennant said her office and county clerks around the state administered the special election to replace Senator Byrd in just 46 days. But Tennant said there were almost two dozen modifications.