(02/06/2016)
The political race is on in Calhoun with ads, signs and house-to-house visits.

The Hur Herald will publish free of charge photos and bios of all county candidates starting March 1, the story will appear daily until election day.

Perhaps the race that will get the most attention is for sheriff, with five candidates competing.

On the ballot, Home Confinement Officer and former Deputy Sheriff Bob Groves(D); granddaughter of shot-down sheriff Park Richards and current teacher Brandi Richards (D); former Grantsville Police Chief, DOT officer and current Chief Deputy Jeff Starcher (D); Grantsville Police Chief and longtime law enforcement officer Andy Walker (D); and former candidate for sheriff Eugene Stevens (R) who has changed his party preference from Democrat.

With a late filing, Larry Cottrell (D) of Orma is taking on incumbent Jason Nettles (D) of Nicut. Cottrell has long been active in Democrat politics and was a former County Commissioner. Nettles was the youngest Assessor in WV elected to the position, and has more than amply defeated a number of challengers.

Mandee Richards (D) is challenging longtime incumbent Shelia Garretson (D) for Circuit Clerk. Richards was a 6 1/2 year deputy in the Circuit Clerks Office.

In the County Commission race, Michael Hicks(D), graduating college student and chairman of the Calhoun Democratic Executive Committee and Melissa Falls (D), a Chief Tax Deputy in the sheriffs office, are challenging incumbent Bob Weaver (D), who is running for a final term.

Anita West (R), an office manager for RPR Industries is running unopposed for County Commission, with Wayne "Pokey" Hardway (I), a retired teacher and current employee of WV-DHHR, indicates he will run on the fall ballot.

In the non-partisan magistrates race, Jim Hughes and Ryan Underwood is challenging the position currently held by Lora Davis, with incumbent magistrate Rick Postalwait running unopposed.

With two vacancies for the Calhoun Board of Education, four candidates are running in the non-partisan race, Patrick Bell, Kevin Cunningham, Jimmy Gregory and Horst Motz.

Cynthia Dale and Larry Harris, the incumbents, did not refile.

County Clerk Jean Simers (D) and Prosecutor Shannon Johnson are running unopposed.

In the 33rd District House of Delegates race, former delegate David Walker (D) is challenging incumbent Roger Hanshaw (R).

In the 2nd District State Senate Race, Casey Corliss (D), Lisa Zukoff (D), Mike Maroney(R), and Ginger Nalley(R).

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