SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A week after a series of debates for the two races for the state Supreme Court, West Virginia Woman Attorneys held a candidate forum Thursday in South Charleston.
Twelve of the candidates took part in the event at the LaBelle Theatre. The audience was able to submit questions prior to the event that were asked.
“People are interested in where the candidates are getting their money from, who they’ve represented in the past, and people are very interested in the level of experience doing real courtroom work,” said Sandy Kinney, president of West Virginia Women Attorneys.
While the organization does not endorse candidates, Kinney said there are things members keep in mind when looking at the ideal people for the job.
“We look for individuals who have solid experience in the practice of law, people who are familiar with the various rules, people who have actually tried cases, people who have appeared before the Supreme Court of Appeals and understand how things work up there and what exactly they can and cannot do,” she said.
Voters will vote on Division I and II on Nov. 6. The Division I seat term will expire in January 2011, and the term for the Division II seat will expire January 2025.