by Ron Gregory
CHARLESTON– On Tuesday, Governor Jim Justice officially recognized the retirement of West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis with a formal proclamation calling for a special election for voters to fill Davis’ unexpired term.
Secretary of State Mac Warner acknowledged the proclamation (see attachment) and announced that candidate filing to fill Davis’ position began on Wednesday, August 15.
This is the second unexpired term that voters will fill in the November 6 general election. Justice Menus Ketchum retired in July creating the first vacancy.
According to Warner, Ketchum’s position will be identified as “Division 1” on the general election’s non-partisan ballot. Davis’ position will be identified as “Division 2.”
Those interested in either position have until midnight on Tuesday, August 21 to formally file. To accommodate the opportunity for any candidate to file in person, Secretary Warner announced his office in the State Capitol, as well as his regional offices in Clarksburg (200 West Main Street) and Martinsburg (229 East Main Street), will be open until midnight on that day.
Those who want to run for either unexpired term and are also on a partisan ballot seeking election to another position in the November 6 election are strongly encouraged to seek advice from the West Virginia Judicial Investigations Commission, Warner said.
For any additional questions or concerns, Warner encourages candidates to call the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at (304) 558-6000.