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Four file to run for Randolph sheriff

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Hinzman Filing to run for office on the first day of filings Monday morning in the Randolph County Courthouse are, from left, County Commissioner Chris See, Magistrate Ben Shepler, sheriff candidate John K. Miller and Magistrate Mike Dyer.

ELKINS — Candidates lined up in the Randolph County Clerk’s office Monday morning on the first day of the filing period to run for office in the 2020 election.

As of f4 p.m. Monday, a total of 13 candidates had filed to be on the ballot, including four candidates so far for Randolph County sheriff.

Those filing Monday to run for sheriff include Rob Elbon, who recently resigned from his position as a Randolph County Magistrate, former sheriff Jack D. Roy, Jr., former Chief Deputy Jeffrey “Jim” Webley, and John K. Miller.

Candidates filing Monday for the Randolph County Commission seat for the Tygart District include incumbent Christopher See and Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady, who is ineligible to run for another term in his current office after serving two terms.

Incumbent Michael Parker filed for the office of Randolph County prosecuting attorney.

Candidates filed for all three Randolph County Magistrate positions, including Michele Hommema VanMeter and Tracy Harper in Division I, the seat vacated by Elbon; current Magistrate Mike Dyer in Division II and current Magistrate Benjamin E. Shepler in Division III.

Incumbent Phyllis Yokum filed to run for re-election as Randolph County assessor.

Offices for which no one had filed by 4 p.m. on Monday include Randolph County surveyor and the Randolph County Board of Education.

The filing period is set to last until Jan. 25, while write-in candidate deadlines are March 20 for the primary election and Sept. 25 for the general election.

West Virginia’s primary election is set for May 12, while the general election is scheduled for Nov. 3. Early voting periods will occur from April 29 to May 7 for the primary and from Oct. 21 to 31 for the general election.