Republican, non-partisan ballots competitive in Upshur County


When they go to the polls tomorrow, Democrats will not have many options in races within the county lines.  For the Republicans, it’s a very different story.

Two county positions have a competitive Republican primary. Sitting commissioner Troy Brady is being challenges for his seat by Mark Riggs and Kristie Tenney, and Carol Smith, appointed to fill the county clerk’s seat after the previous clerk’s retirement, is facing a challenge for the remainder of that term by Randy Starkey.

Upshur County is split between three House of Delegates Districts but the only one entirely within the county is the 45th, where Republicans Robbie Martin and Bob Kincaid are vying for the seat, left open after Bill Hamilton chose to run for state Senate.

And in non-partisan races, seven people are running for three seats on the Upshur County Board of Education.  Kristi Wilkerson, Shane Jenkins, Greenbrier Almond and David Weese are running in the first district, Graham Godwin and Dan Nesbitt are running in the second, and Katie Loudin is running in the third. Two people can be elected from the first district, and only one from the other two.

And finally, in the city of Buckhannon, five people are running for a four-year term on city council, with only two seats available.  David Thomas and Mary Albaugh are running for reelection, challenged by Brent Hyre, Robert Osburn and Mike Bodnar.  And Eric Waggoner and Colin Reger are running for election as City Recorder.

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