CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Both those who have talked about it and those who haven’t have decisions to make between Monday and Jan. 25, the state’s 13-day candidate filing period for the May 12 primary election.
It’s going to be a busy political year in the Mountain State. At the top of the ballot will be the race for president. One of state’s two U.S. Senate seats comes next where incumbent Shelley Moore Capito has announced her reelection bid. All three U.S. House seats will also be before voters.
There will be contested races for governor in both the Republican and Democratic parties. There are three seats up for election on the state Supreme Court. The Board of Public Works, which includes state auditor, treasurer, attorney general, agriculture commissioner and secretary of state are all up for election.
All 100 seats in the House of Delegates will be on the ballot along with 17 of the 34 seats in the state Senate.
The 2020 election cycle also includes county elections with races for prosecutor, sheriff, assessor, circuit clerk, county clerk, magistrates, some county commissioners and some circuit judges.
Races for judicial positions are non-partisan and are final in the May election.
Those running for state offices and circuit judges can file in person or by mail at the Secretary of State’s office at the state capitol or the office’s hubs in Clarksburg and Martinsburg.