CHARLESTON – The Secretary of State's Office has announced the candidate filing period for the 2020 election cycle is Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
CHARLESTON – The Secretary of State’s Office has announced the candidate filing period for the 2020 election cycle is Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.
The primary election is May 12, 2020, and the general election is Nov. 3, 2020.
Candidates running for county offices, such as county commissioner, board of education, county clerk, circuit clerk, assessor, sheriff, magistrate, circuit court judge and prosecuting attorney, must file candidacy papers with their circuit clerk.
The races for magistrate and board of education are determined during the primary election; for all others the top vote-getters by party in the primary advance to the general election.
Candidates running for the following offices must file with the Secretary of State: President, US Senate, US House of Representatives, governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state auditor, state treasurer, commissioner of agriculture, justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Virginia State Senate and West Virginia House of Delegates.
The justices are decided during the primary.
Requirements for some of the positions are as follows:
U.S. Senate: Nine-year resident of the United States and live in West Virginia when elected; at least 30 years old.
U.S. House of Representatives: Seven year resident of the United States but must live in West Virginia when elected; at least 25 years old.
One person will be elected from each of the Congressional Districts; Mineral County is located in the First District.
Statewide:
State Senate: Resident of West Virginia five years prior to election, resident of the district for at least one year prior to election; at least 25 years old.
House of Delegates: One-year resident of the district prior to election; at least 18 years old. .
All 100 seats in the House of Delegates will be on the ballot.
Locally:
Magistrate: Must reside in the county in which they’re elected; at least 21 years old. Filing fee $575.
Qualifications: High School education or equivalent, no more than one magistrate in immediate family, and no past felony conviction or any conviction for moral turpitude.
County commission: Must reside in magisterial district; at least 18 years old.
Prosecuting attorney: Must reside in West Virginia; at least 18 years old.
Qualification: Must be admitted to practice law by the time the term begins.
Sheriff: Must reside in the county in which they’re elected; at least 18 years old.
Assessor: Must reside in the county in which they’re elected; at least 18 years old.
Surveyor: Must be licensed; at least 18 years old. Note: This office carries no official duties or salary unless contracted by the county commission for specific work.
Board of education: Must reside in magisterial district; at least 18 years old.
Qualifications: Must have a high school diploma or GED; must submit to training prior to taking office.
Candidates for federal or state office can file their Certificate of Announcement in person during the hours listed at the following locations:
WV Secretary of State’s Office
State Capitol – Conference Room
    •    Monday, Jan. 13, to Friday, Jan. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    •    Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    •    Monday, Jan. 20, to Friday, Jan. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    •    Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

WVSOS North Central WV Business Hub Office
200 East Main Street, in Clarksburg
    •    Monday, Jan. 13, to Friday, Jan. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    •    Monday, Jan. 20, to Friday, Jan. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    •    Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

WVSOS Eastern Panhandle Business Hub Office
229 East Martin Street, in Martinsburg
    •    Monday, Jan. 13, to Friday, Jan. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    •    Monday, Jan. 20, to Friday, Jan. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    •    Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Candidate’s Certificates of Announcement can also be mailed to the Secretary of State’s Office, and will be accepted so long as they are postmarked by no later than Jan. 25, 2020. Certificates postmarked by the deadline but received by the proper filing office after the Jan. 25 deadline will be accepted. However, any Certificates of Announcement that are postmarked after the deadline will not be accepted.
Candidates for all other offices elected in the 2020 election cycle must file their Certificates of Announcement with their county clerk.
For more information about candidate filing, contact the Elections Division at 304-558-6000, 866-767-8683 (toll free) or send a message to elections@wvsos.gov.