Hancock County in busy off-year election season

NEW CUMBERLAND – Hancock County voters will elect a county commissioner, the county clerk, three school board members, a conservation supervisor and other positions in 2014, County Clerk George Foley said.

In what is shaping up to be a busy off-year election season, Chester residents, in addition to voting for county offices, will elect a mayor, five city council members and a city clerk.

In New Cumberland, residents will vote in a special election Jan. 18 for the New Cumberland Park Board excess levy.

Ballots for the county races will be cast in the May 13 primary and the Nov. 4 general election. The Chester municipal election will be held June 10.

Hancock County school board seats on the ballot are those currently held by Toni Hinerman, John Manypenny and Laura Greathouse.

Hinerman, of Weirton (Butler District), who is finishing her first four-year term on the school board, said she plans to run for re-election. Manypenny, of Chester (Grant District), who is finishing his third term, said he plans to run for re-election. Greathouse, of New Cumberland (Clay District), who is finishing her second term, said she has not yet decided whether she will run for re-election.

Hancock County Commissioner Dan Greathouse, 62, of Weirton, said he intends to run for his fourth six-year term on the commission.

Hancock County Clerk George Foley must win election this year if he is to finish the unexpired six-year term of longtime County Clerk Eleanor Straight, who retired in August. If Foley is elected, he will serve through the end of 2016.

Commissioners appointed Foley, a former deputy clerk, to fill the vacancy left by Straight’s retirement. The clerk’s office is the official record keeper for the county.

Also on the county ballot will be the position of Hancock County supervisor for the West Virginia Conservation Agency’s Northern Panhandle District. The seat currently is held by Charles Pugh.

In addition, voters will elect members of the Hancock County Democratic and Republican Executive Committees, as well as the District Executive Committee, Foley said.

Filing dates for county races are Jan. 13 through Jan. 25, Foley said.

Filing dates for the Chester races are Jan. 21 through Feb. 4, City Clerk Sandra Parkins said.

New Cumberland voters will go to the polls on Jan. 18 to vote on the renewal of the Park Board levy, which generates an estimated $42,000 a year toward the Park Board budget.

Early voting will continue through Jan. 15 in the New Cumberland Municipal Building. Early voting hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Voters passed the levy in the May 14, 2013, municipal election but not by a sufficiently high number of votes. State law requires municipal excess levies to pass by a 60 percent margin.

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