Charleston, W.Va. – In the midst of a state of emergency, candidates seeking office in 2014 began filing their certificates of announcement and paying the filing fees in the Secretary of State’s Office this morning.
West Virginia remains under a State of Emergency declared by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, following a chemical leak last week that tainted the water supply for hundreds of thousands of people in a nine county area. But state code does not allow for the postponement of the candidate filing period.
“This isn’t the first time we have been faced with extraordinary circumstances during a candidate filing period,” Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant, West Virginia’s Chief Elections Officer, said. “In 2010, there was a snowstorm on the final day and some were asking us to extend the filing period, but code doesn’t give us the authority to do so. During this water crisis, I have taken every step to make sure there is fresh water for all of our staff in the office, and we will be available to make sure candidates have submitted all of the necessary documents.”
All 100 seats in the West Virginia House of Delegates will be on the ballot in 2014, along with half of the State Senate. Elections will be held for United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, and some unexpired terms for Circuit Judges. Elections are also being held for Commissioner in several counties, but those candidates file with their county clerk.
A live stream of candidate filing is available on the Secretary of State’s website at www.wvsos.com. To see the webcast, click on the link at the top of the page. There is also available a webpage updated in real time when candidates file.
The last day to register for new voters is April 22. Early voting begins April 30 and runs until May 10. Primary election day is May 13.