CHARLESTON — An additional name will appear on the November 4 ballot for House of Delegates from District 24, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office.
Larry E. Rogers presented his credentials in time to qualify as an independent in the race for the two seats representing the district which includes Logan County. Currently, Democrats Ted Tomblin and Rupie Phillips are the delegates from the district.
Tomblin lost to former Delegate Ralph Rodigherio in the Democrat primary. No Republicans filed in the largely Democrat district.
Rogers is a former candidate for the House and lives at Omar. Signs supporting his candidacy have already appeared on the landscape throughout the district.
Others who qualified as independents include two Mingo County Commission candidates. Diann Hannah and Bill Duty will appear as the only candidates on the November 4 ballot. Democrats lost their primary winner when County Clerk “Big Jim” Hatfield withdrew from the race. No Republicans filed.
A spokesman for Secretary of State Natalie Tennant said Hannah will appear on the ballot under the “People’s Choice” label while Duty will simply appear as “unaffiliated” or independent. That came because Hannah selected a name for her “party” but Duity did not.
Two independents are also running for the Preston County Commission while one is a candidate in Ritchie.
County clerks are still verifying the petitions of Phil Hudok for the U.S. Senate. Already in that race are Democrat Tennant and Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito. Senior Senator Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat, is retiring after the current term.
Ed Rabel, a former television reporter and Alum Creek resident, is running for the House of Representatives in the Second District as an independent.
Those who file by what is known as the “petition method” will see their names on the ballot this fall. Petitions require the signatures of sufficient numbers to satisfy a one percent requirement. That is one percent of the total vote in the most recent election for the office sought.
Others have until September to file as official write-in candidates. In West Virginia, only those who file official write-in campaigns can have their votes counted in November.