KEYSER - Although the filing period for the 2018 election is two-thirds over, only two persons have filed to run for the Mineral County Commission and three for the Board of Education.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Although the filing period for the 2018 election is two-thirds over, only two persons have filed to run for the Mineral County Commission and three for the Board of Education.
The official filing period opened on Jan. 8 and will close on Saturday, Jan. 27.
County clerk Lauren Ellifritz told the News Tribune Friday that Republican incumbent Jerry Whisner had filed to run for re-election to the county commission, and will be challenged by fellow Republican Troy Kesner.
One seat on the three-member commission comes open every two years, and so Whisner’s seat is the only one up for grabs this year.
Whisner is currently in the last year of his first six-year term and is serving his first year as president of the commission.
For the board of education, three seats come open this year - those currently occupied by vice president Lara Courrier of Keyser, William Ludwick of New Creek and Kevin Watson of Ridgeley.
Watson resigned his position as of this week, however, and the board is expected to appoint someone with 45 days to complete his unexpired term, which ends of June 30.
Members of the board of education must represent the district in which they live. Courrier and member Tom Denne are currently representing District 2, Ludwick and member Rob Woy are representing District 1, and whomever will replace Watson will be the lone representative of District 3.
Because no more than two members may be from the same district, voters may elect only one from either District 1 or 2 or two from District 3.
According to Ellifritz,Seth Sgaggero and Jessica Imes, both of District 3, and William “Butch” Wahl, of District 1, are the only ones to have filed to run thus far.
Ellifritz also reminded the public that positions on the county executive committees are open this year, and no one has yet filed in her office to run for either party.
On the state level, Republican incumbent Sen. Dave Sypolt of Kingwood has filed for re-election in District 14, and Democrat Stephanie Zucker of Morgantown will also make a bid for the position.
In District 15, incumbent Sen. Charles Trump of Berkeley Springs is thus far the only one who has filed to run.
For the House of Delegates, Republican John Paul Hott II of Petersburg has filed to run for the District 54 seat currently held by Allen Evans.
Incumbent Republican Del. Gary Howell of Keyser has filed to run for re-election to District 56, and incumbent Republican Del. Ruth Rowan of Points has filed to run for re-election in District 57.
Both Imes and Howell have filed in the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office to run for the Republican State Executive Committee.
Candidates have through Saturday, Jan. 27 to file papers. Although the county clerk’s office will be closed that day, papers postmarked on Jan. 27 will be accepted.