Preview: Clarksburg City Election

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – The Clarksburg City Election is currently underway with some major items on the ballot.

There are 4 council seats and 2 water board seats up for election.

The only incumbent running in the city council race is Jim Malfregoet, and the two incumbents for the water board are Al Cox and Paul Howe.

There are also five proposed referendums for the city, which are:

  • Create term limits for city council members. The amendment creates term limits for council members. This would prohibit them from serving more than two consecutive terms or more than four lifetime terms. Any term served by a council member before the amendment does not count towards the term limit.
  • Create the ability for voters to initiate ordinances, hold referendums on ordinances, and recall council members. The amendment provides that such actions will occur via petition. If the petition gathers sufficient signatures, then council shall either approve or deny the relief requested. If council denies the relief, then the voter shall have such issue on a future ballot. For the recall of a council member, the petition must be signed by at least 20% of the qualified voters. After certification of the recall petition, there will be an election for the proposed recall.
  • Change the date of municipal elections. The amendment changes the date of the municipal election to the West Virginia Primary election Day, which is currently the second Tuesday in May in even-numbered years.
  • Change the requirements for the scope of duties for the position of Director of Public Works. The amendment removes the requirement that the Director of Public Works be a registered civil engineer. Further, the director of public works position will no longer oversee building code and permits as the code enforcement director would undertake those duties. The directors of public works would retain oversight of work done on streets and sewers.
  • Change from a seven member council for which could members elect a mayor to a six member council plus a mayor elected by the public; imposition of term limits; and procedure for vacancies. The mayor will continue to have the power of a council member and will vote as such. Also, provides for a one-year extension to the terms of council members elected in June 2019 or June 2021 to account for the proposed change in the election dates and to transition to an elected mayor. Per the amendment, beginning with the May 2026 election, the mayor would be directly elected by the voters.

“We also have charter amendment ballots which is 5 different charter amendments. So, that’s something I’ve not seen in my 25 years of being here, that many at one time,” said Annette Wright, Clarksburg City Clerk.

Stick with 12 News as we learn updates about the election.

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