KEYSER - Current Keyser City Council members whose seats area coming open this year will have a few extra days in their current position.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Current Keyser City Council members whose seats area coming open this year will have a few extra days in their current position.
When the State of West Virginia moved its primary election date back four weeks due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the new date -June 9 - landed on the same day as Keyser’s municipal election.
The City of Keyser’s election was therefore pushed back as well - to July 28.
That places Keyser city government in the position of electing three council members 28 days after their current terms would normally end.
Newly-elected council members take office on July 1 - the first day of the new fiscal year.
The seats coming open this year are those currently occupied by incumbent Mike Ryan, newly-appointed Billy Meek, who was named to fill the seat vacated by the February resignation of Eric Murphy, and a third seat which has remained open since Terry Liller’s resignation last October.
City administrator Amanda Brafford confirmed Thursday that the current members will continue in their positions until after the election.
Wednesday, meeting with the mayor and council via Zoom in order to comply with social distancing, Brafford said the balllots for the election have already been ordered and the voting process will be unchanged.
“There will still be absentee voting; everything’s going to be the same; just on different dates,” she said.
A total of nine candidates are vying for the three seats: Leigh “Wink” Dixon, Jim Hannas, Elwood Junkins, Sean Liller, James Lough, Billy Meek, Kelly Metcalf, Curtis Perry, and Mike Ryan.