Who’s Vying for a Seat on the W.Va. Supreme Court?

Aug 20, 2018

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Last updated on Aug. 21, 2018 at 2:46 p.m.

Two West Virginia Supreme Court seats will appear on the midterm election ballot later this fall.

West Virginians have until midnight on Aug. 21 to file for either seat. Voters will decide on Nov. 6 who fills those seats.

Here are the names of those in the running so far, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office:

  • Tim Armstead (Division 1) -- Elkview -- Filed Aug. 21
  • Robert J. Frank (Division 2) -- Lewisburg -- Filed Aug. 21
  • Jim O'Brien (Division 2) -- Wheeling - Filed Aug. 21
  • Jim Douglas (Division 2) -- Charleston -- Filed Aug. 20
  • Ronald H. Hatfield, Jr. (Division 1) -- Huntington-- Filed Aug. 20
  • D.C. Offutt, Jr. (Division 1) -- Barboursville -- Filed Aug. 20
  • Chris Wilkes (Division 1) -- Martinsburg -- Filed Aug. 20
  • Evan Jenkins (Division 2) -- Huntington -- Filed Aug. 17
  • William Schwartz (Division 2) -- Charleston -- Filed Aug. 17
  • Robert H. Carlton (Division 1) -- Williamson -- Filed Aug. 16
  • Dennise Renee Smith (Division 2) -- Charleston -- Filed Aug. 16
  • William Stewart Thompson (Division 2) -- Madison -- Filed Aug. 15
  • Harry C. “Bo” Bruner, Jr. (Division 1) -- Charleston -- Filed Aug. 14
  • Marty Sheehan (Divsion 1) -- Wheeling -- Filed Aug. 13
  • Brenden D. Long (Division 1) -- Hurricane -- Filed Aug. 10
  • Carl E. Hostler (Division 1) -- Scott Depot – Filed Aug. 6
  • Joanna I. Tabit (Division 1) -- Charleston -- Filed Aug. 6

Justices Menis Ketchum and Robin Davis announced their retirements amid impeachment proceedings at the statehouse.

Ketchum announced his retirement in July, just a day before impeachment proceedings began. He had two years remaining in his term.

Davis announced her retirement hours after state lawmakers announced her impeachment, as well as the impeachment of the other three remaining justices. Davis had six years remaining in her term.

According to a news release from Secretary of State Mac Warner, Ketchum’s position will be identified as “Division 1” on the General Election’s non-partisan ballot, and Davis’ position will be identified as “Division 2.”