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Elkins Conducts Ballot Placement Drawing for Municipal Election

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ELKINS -

State law requires a random drawing to determine the position of a candidate's name on the ballot.

The city of Elkins held that drawing Tuesday for candidates in the municipal election next March.

Voters will elect a mayor and city council.

"State law requires you do a drawing so that each candidate has an equal opportunity that their name might appear first, and the drawing decides on the order from there," said Sutton Stokes, Elkins City Clerk.

Officials conducted the drawings for Mayoral candidates and council candidates in the five wards. The drawings conducted by a number first drawn indicating the relative position to be filled, then a name will be next drawn to be associated with that ballot position number.

Voters will see Challenger Van Broughton, Incumbent Mayor Duke Talbott, and current council member Mark Scott for the race for Mayor.

First Ward, Incumbent Charles Kinnison will go against Lonnie Randall.

Second Ward and Third Ward will have Mitch Marstiller and Carman Metheny running unopposed.

Fourth Ward will have incumbent Nanci Bross Fregonara going against challenger Hollis Vance.

Incumbents Jim Bibey will be running on the four year term, and Joe Sabatino running on the two year term in the Fifth Ward.

Ballot commission member Elizabeth Kittle also said position on the ballot is an important factor, but it's up the voters to decide.

"If a person's name is first on the ballot where you have more than one contender, generally people will tend to vote for the first name, so position on the ballot gets to be rather important," said Kittle.

Elkins City Clerk Sutton Stokes said it's nice to get past the partisan clash and ensure that the election itself is free, fair, and open.

"When regular citizens come into to play a role like our two ballot commissioners today, it kind of reminds you what is really at stake or what's at the root of our democratic process," said Stokes.

Early Voting begins on Feb. 23 and runs through March 2.