Baniak files as write-in candidate for sheriff
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Mineral County now has one write-in candidate for the upcoming general election.
With the deadline to file as an official write-in being Sept. 15, Jon Baniak has filed to run for sheriff.
Baniak was on the Republican ticket for sheriff in the COVID-delayed primary election on June 9. Forrest “Buddy” Ellifritz was the top-vote getter, however, thus winning the right to proceed to the general election.
With all four candidates for that office being on the Republic primary ticket and no one on the Democratic ticket, Ellifirtz was pretty much assured the election in November.
Baniak said he decided to run as a write-in because he feels people should have a choice.
“There were also a lot of people who could not vote in June because of their political party and because of COVID-19,” he told the News Tribune. “There were a lot who just do not vote in the primary and wait until the general election to vote.
“I want people to know they have a choice for their next sheriff,” he said. “I’ve always fought for what I believe in and I’m not fighting for the people of Mineral County.”
Although Baniak was the only candidate to file as a write-in in Mineral County, there are over 30 write-ins signed up at the state level, from the office of president down to House of Delegates.
The general election is Nov. 3.