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Buckhannon mayor files for re-election

BUCKHANNON — The mayor of Buckhannon has filed for re-election.

David McCauley, of 10 Meade St., was the only filing for mayor as of 3 p.m. Monday — the official first day of candidate filings across the state.

McCauley, who previously served as city attorney for about 30 years, was elected mayor in May 2016.

Five people had filed as of 3 p.m. Monday for three open council seats. The seats open in the May primary include those held by Pamela Bucklew, Robbie Skinner and C.J. Rylands. Bucklew, of 59 Boggess St. and Rylands, of 130 S. Florida St., both filed for re-election. Skinner posted on social media that he would run for mayor, but had not filed as of Monday afternoon.

Also filing to run for council on Monday were Shelia Sines, of 9 Academy St., Shauna Jones, of 13 Myrna St., and Matthew Kerner, of 55 Cleveland Ave.

The unexpired term of city recorder will also be on the ballot. Randy Sanders was appointed to the city recorder spot in 2019 and has previously stated he intends to run for the seat, but had not filed as of 3 p.m. Monday.

Down the street at the Upshur County Courthouse, just four people had filed as of 3 p.m. Monday.

Commissioner Terry Cutright filed as a Republican to keep his seat on the Upshur County Commission.

Assessor Dustin “Dusty” Zickefoose also filed as a Republican for re-election.

Virgil Miller filed as a Republican for the office of sheriff. Miller was most recently sheriff from 2005-2012. Current sheriff David Coffman will wrap up his second consecutive term this year. Sheriffs are limited to two consecutive terms.

In the non-partisan board of education race, Dr. Tammy Samples, of Adrian, filed for re-election. Samples is in district 3. The other seat up for re-election this year belongs to Alan Suder in the second district. There can be no more than two people seated on the board from any of the three magisterial districts.

Also on the ballot this year are Upshur County Magistrates, Upshur County Prosecuting attorney, Upshur County surveyor, and soil conservation district supervisor.

County clerk Carol Smith said the filing period will end Saturday, Jan. 25 at midnight but her office will be open earlier that day to accept filings in person.

“The legislature passed a bill this year that we have to be open in this office until noon on Jan. 25,” she said. “They have to have it postmarked by midnight on the 25th or they can come in person until noon.”

The city election will be held the same day as the May 12 primary.

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