Program to introduce candidates

PHILIPPI – A variety of candidates running in the May 13 primary election will introduce themselves to voters during a meet-the-candidates’ forum at 6:30 p.m. today in Barbour County.

The candidate night is organized and hosted by the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and is set to take place in the auditorium of Philip Barbour High School.

“It’s just a normal thing that we like to do as a service to the community,” said Ron Phillips, the president of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and manager of the Builder’s Center in Philippi. “We have done this in the past and we will continue to do so.”

The public is invited to attend and hear several people discuss their candidacy. There will be a period where questions may be asked of each candidate. The questions will be kept anonymous and will be reviewed by the moderator for relevance and duplication prior to being asked. The moderator for the event is Mike Cvechko, the owner of Cvechko Insurance Services.

Candidates who have registered to attend as of Thursday evening include: David Wamsley for the U.S. Senate; Stan Shaver for the West Virginia Senate; Clayton Moore, Danny Wagner, Derek Hart, Robert Perrine Jr., Ken Auvil and Tammy Stemple for the West Virginia House of Delegates; Judy Gain, Jim Kines Jr. and incumbent Tim McDaniel for the Barbour County Commission; and incumbent JoAnn McConnell and Reggie Trefethen for the Barbour County Board of Education.

At the start of the forum, the candidates will introduce themselves and answer questions.

Refreshments sponsored by the Barbour County Education Association and the Philip Barbour High School civics class will be available before the forum at 6 p.m. The Chamber of Commerce invites candidates to display any literature they have to share at that time.

Participating candidates must register by today. Candidates may register by calling 304-457-5433 or emailing

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