KEYSER - The first few days of candidacy filing in West Virginia have been busy for Mineral County.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The first few days of candidacy filing in West Virginia have been busy for Mineral County.
Four candidates for office in Mineral County, and two candidates for statewide office officially threw their hats into the ring on Monday, the first day to file  for Election 2016.
On Tuesday, four additional candidates filed in Mineral County.
Those wishing to run for county, state or federal office may file candidacy papers now through Jan. 30. Those running for county office may file in their county clerk’s office, and those running for multi-county or state office must file with West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.
On the county level, the first to file Monday was incumbent Lauren Ellifritz, a Republican from Keyser who is making a bid for re-election to the county clerk’s office.
Incumbent Krista Dixon of New Creek, also a Republican, filed for re-election to the circuit court clerk seat, and incumbent Richard Lechliter of Ridgeley, also a Republican, filed in hopes of retaining his seat for another six-year term on the county commission.
One lone newcomer to county politics, Keyser City Council member Clint Faulk, a Democrat from Keyser, filed to run for assessor.
At the state level, incumbent Gary Howell, Republican from Keyser, filed for re-election to his House of Delegates seat in District 56 on Monday, and incumbent Ruth Rowan of Points in Hampshire County, also a Republican, is running for re-election in District 57.
On Tuesday, the following candidates filed for county positions:
Chris Paitsel, Keyser, filed for magistrate in District 1;
Nathan Wasser, Ridgeley, filed for magistrate in District 1;
Donald Ashby Jr., a Republican from Keyser, filed for assessor; and
F. Cody Pancake III, a Republican from Keyser, filed for prosecuting attorney.
Pat Amoroso, who was appointed last year as magistrate upon the death of Sue Roby, filed to run for magistrate in District 2 on Wednesday.
The magistrate positions are now non-partisan and will be decided during the primary election.
Two seats on the Mineral County Board of Education - those currently  held by Craig Rotruck and Butch Wahl - also come open this year. That election is also non-partisan and decided during the primary election.
The primary election in West Virginia is Tuesday, May 10, and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.