Edwards to challenge Clemens for city recorder

BUCKHANNON – Two people are vying to become Buckhannon’s next city recorder, city officials said Friday.

City Recorder Rich Clemens, of 102 Hickory St., is running as an incumbent in Buckhannon’s municipal election, which will be held in conjunction with the May 13 state primary election. He is being challenged by newcomer Richard “Rick” Edwards, of 143 South Florida St.

The position of city recorder carries a four-year term, as do each of two Buckhannon City Council seats that are also available in the May 13 election.

So far, only two people have filed for those seats – and neither one is a current city council member. Robyn Riggs Simons, of 16 Park St., will be facing off against Robert Osburn, of 1 Terrace Drive.

In a message to the Inter-Mountain Friday morning, Councilman Tom O’Neill -who has previously stated that he intends to run for office as an incumbent – said he planned on filing for re-election later Friday afternoon upon returning to Buckhannon.

Councilman John Waltz is not running for re-election, he told media outlets earlier this month.

The last day to file in person was Friday by 4:30 p.m. Filings mailed to City Hall, 70 E. Main St., Buckhannon, WV, 26201, must be postmarked by midnight today.

Clemens on Friday said the city may not be able to release a complete list of candidates until after the mail is delivered to City Hall Tuesday.

“It just has to be postmarked by midnight Saturday,” he said, “so it doesn’t matter when we receive it. It only matters when they mailed it, and we’re not sure where individuals may be mailing from.”

In the 2014 municipal election, voters will also have an opportunity to determine whether they want to renew excess levies that provide funding for the purpose of operating, maintaining and equipping the Charles W. Gibson Public Library in Buckhannon.

The levy renewal, if passed, will be in effect for five fiscal years beginning July 1, 2016.