Three incumbent delegates among those filing for pre-candidacy

October 04, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA - Incumbent Berkeley County delegates Jonathan Miller, Walter Duke and John Overington are among the dozens of state lawmakers who have filed pre-candidacy papers for the 2008 election, according to a cumulative list released Tuesday by Secretary of State Betty Ireland's office.

A pre-candidacy filing allows candidates to lawfully accept contributions and make expenditures for the election. The May 13 primary election will determine political party nominees for the general election in November.

Joining the Republican lawmakers on the list posted recently on the Secretary of State's Web site are Berkeley County Democrat Kenneth Mattson of Inwood, W.Va., and Morgan County Republican Del. Daryl Cowles of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson, filed pre-candidacy papers but opted not to declare the office he might seek in next year's election.


Joining Doyle in not declaring a particular office or district in pre-candidacy filings was Constitution Party member Jeff Becker of Inwood, W.Va.

In state Senate filings, former state Sen. Herbert "Herb" Snyder, D-Jefferson, filed pre-candidacy papers for the 16th District, which includes Berkeley and Jefferson counties, and former state Sen. Mike Ross, D-Randolph, filed precandidacy papers for the 15th District, which includes several precincts in southwestern Berkeley County and all of Morgan County, according to Ireland's office.

Jefferson County Republican Bob Adams was the only Eastern Panhandle resident to file papers for a statewide office. He has declared interest in joining the gubernatorial race against Gov. Joe Manchin.

In Berkeley County, pre-candidacy papers have been filed with County Clerk John W. Small's office by Democrats Kenneth M. Lemaster Jr. and Richard L. Steerman Sr. of Martinsburg for sheriff, and Democrat Anthony J. "Tony" Petrucci of Martinsburg has filed paperwork to run for county commission.

Among the earliest to file with the state and county, beginning in late 2006, were Doyle (Dec. 12) and Becker (Dec. 18). They were followed by Miller (Jan. 11, 2007), Cowles (Feb. 9), Mattson (Feb. 12), Overington (Feb. 23) and Adams (March 19).

According to Ireland's office, the West Virginia Legislature added pre-candidacy provisions to campaign finance law in 1982 to allow prospective candidates to "test the waters" to see if seeking office was the right decision.

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