Candidates file for primary

Editor’s Note: An article on page 1A of Tuesday’s edition contained incorrect information regarding candidate filing. A corrected, updated version of the article follows.

ELKINS – Two candidates have filed to run for the open Randolph County Commission seat in the May 13 primary election.

The first to file was Chris See, current president of the County Commission, who said he plans to continue serving Randolph County in his second term if re-elected.

“I’d like to get more accomplished in the next six years,” said See, a Democrat from Valley Bend. “I’ve enjoyed working for Randolph County and its residents and I hope to continue to serve.”

George M. Riggleman, Jr. also filed Monday and will challenge incumbent See for the seat. The Beverly resident, also a Democrat, said he will work hard for the public if elected.

“My goal is to serve the people fairly and honestly,” Riggleman said.

See is the owner of See’s Automotive in Elkins. He is a Tygarts Valley High School graduate and a life-long Randolph County resident. He and his wife have been married for 32 years and have two children, Adam See and Samantha Quezada, and a grandson, Miles Quezada.

Riggleman, 35, is a general building contractor for R&R Developers of Beverly. He is a 2002 graduate of Glenville State College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a minor in public administration. He is married with one son, Ethan, and a stepson, Jacob.

In order to run for the open County Commission seat, candidates must be registered to vote and live in the Tygart District. They must file by Jan. 25, the deadline for all candidates running for county positions to turn in their certificate of filing. The filing fee for commission candidates is $356.40.

A Democrat and a Republican nominee for the County Commission seat will be decided in the primary, with those two candidates then competing in the November election.

Randolph County Board of Education President Lisa M. Wamsley, of Valley Bend, also filed Monday. Three board of education seats will be open in the election. The Board of Education race will be non-partisan, with the three winners decided in the primary election. Candidates from any district can file. The filing fee is $25.

The three seats are currently held by Wamsley, Edward Tyre and David Kesling. Each of the three positions carries a four-year term.

Also up for election is the county’s Conservation District Supervisor position, a non-partisan race in which the candidates must be landowners and have education or experience in conservation.

Candidates may also file for the Party Executive Committees and the County Executive Committees races. All of these positions have four-year terms.

When asked what perks came from filing early, Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman said that while it didn’t matter in which order the candidates filed, it was good to get things in order early, allowing potential candidates to take time to make sure that all of the paperwork is filed and ready. It also gives them plenty of time to be notified of errors in filing should any arise.

“The order the names will appear on the ballot are chosen at random in a drawing,” said Wiseman. “This year the drawing will be held on Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. Usually candidates show up or have someone there on their behalf.”

For more information, contact the Randolph County Clerk’s office at 304-636-0543.

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