KEYSER - It's been just one week after the filing period closed on Jan. 27, and the race for Keyser City Council is already heating up with questions arising about one candidate's eligibility to run.
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - It’s been just one week after the filing period closed on Jan. 27, and the race for Keyser City Council is already heating up with questions arising about one candidate’s eligibility to run.
Seven candidates have filed to run for the two seats coming open which are currently occupied by Jennifer Junkins and Sonny Alt.
In addition to Junkins, who filed to run for re-election, the candidates are Herman Judy, William M. Zacot, Glenn “Sonny” Gank, Mark Tranum, William Harry “Faron” Sekella-Wahl and Kevin Vaughan.
Last week, at least two of those candidates questioned whether Sekella-Wahl met the requirements to run for office.
According to the city’s charter, a candidate for council must be a registered voter and have lived in the city limits for at least two years.
Monday, the News Tribune made calls to Keyser city clerk Brandi Paugh and Mineral County clerk Lauren Ellifritz, who is in charge of the county’s voter registration.
Both confirmed that Sekella-Wahl is a registered voter.
“He has been registered since Oct. 18, 2016,” Ellifritz said, giving an address in the West End of town.
Voter records for another person in that residence would also seem to indicate that Sekella-Wahl has lived at his current residence for over two years.
The City of Keyser will hold its election on June 12.
In addition to the seven candidates for council, four persons are making a bid for the mayoral seat - Isaac “Sonny” Alt, Brenda Kitzmiller, Eric Murphy and Damon Tillman.