UPDATE: Former Harrison County magistrate Tammy Marple removed from ballot after resignation


UPDATE (3/2/20 5:35 p.m.):

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Former Harrison County magistrate Tammy Marple will not be on May’s primary ballot in Harrison County.

The West Virginia State Election Commission met last Friday and determined to take Marple off the ballot, according to Harrison County Clerk Susan Thomas.

Michael Weiss will run uncontested in the Division 2 race, according to Thomas.

UPDATE (2/19/20 5:18 p.m.):

Harrison County Clerk Susan Thomas provided some clarification on a situation that has been confusing to many people.

According to Thomas, Tammy Marple will remain on the ballot in May, despite her resignation this week. The last day to withdraw from the race was Feb. 11.

Susan Thomas
Harrison County Clerk

Along the same line, no one else will be able to get on the ballot, which includes the person who will be appointed to take over for Marple, according to Thomas. That person will fill the remainder of Marple’s term, which runs through the end of the calendar year.

There are only two people on the ballot for Division 2 in Harrison County, Marple and Michael Weiss. In spite of Marple’s resignation, there is the possibility that she could be re-elected, said Thomas.

Thomas added that she has never seen a situation like this in her time as county clerk. She also stated that she did not know anything about the resignation until after her office had already held the ballot position drawing for May’s primary election on Tuesday.

Longtime Harrison County magistrate Tammy Marple has resigned from her post.

In a letter addressed to Harrison County Chief Circuit Judge Thomas Bedell, Marple resigned, effective immediately. In the letter, Marple stated, “It has been a pleasure and honor to have served the citizens of Harrison County for more than 23 years.”

It is the job of the Chief Circuit Judge Bedell to appoint Marple’s replacement, who will serve until the next election, which will be held in May, according to West Virginia Supreme Court Public Information Officer Jennifer Bundy.

It is unclear at this time whether Marple’s replacement would be able to run for election in May, since the filing period for the 2020 election cycle ended on Jan. 25. The last day to withdraw passed on Feb. 11, so it is also uncertain whether or not Marple’s name will appear on the ballot. A drawing for ballot positioning was held on Feb. 18, per the West Virginia Secretary of State’s website. Marple’s resignation letter is also dated Feb. 18.

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