Primary in May: candidates can file now | Opinion

While the big story in November will be the closely watched midterm election that will determine which political party controls Congress, the first will be the May 10 primary in West Virginia.

The filing period for the May primaries in the Mountain State opened last week. Candidates have until Saturday January 29 to file their documents and pay the application fee, according to Secretary of State Mac Warner.

Applicants can file their Certificate of Announcement with the Office of the Secretary of State or the Office of the County Clerk, depending on the office sought.

The state reported 61 applicant filings in the first week of the filing period.

“After overseeing a historic general election in November 2020 and more than 100 municipal elections in 2021, our team and county clerks are ready for the 2022 midterm elections,” Warner said last week. “I will do everything in my power as state elections officer to work with all 55 county clerks to ensure our elections are safe, fair and secure.”

In the May primary, Democrats and Republicans will select their candidates for election, and then the winners of the May contest will meet in November. This year, candidates vying for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are of particular interest, as control of Congress will be up for grabs again in November. Currently, Democrats control the US House, US Senate, and White House, but some early polls suggest Republicans may be positioned this year to regain control of the US House, and possibly as well of the US Senate.

Due to legislative redistricting in 2021, candidates for the United States House of Representatives and state-level Senate and House races are encouraged to check their district map to ensure they are filing their candidacy in the correct district, according to Warner’s office. Candidates are responsible for determining their eligibility to run for and hold public office.

Although public service is not for everyone, it can be a rewarding experience for people with a sincere interest in serving their state or nation and its citizens.

Given the high importance of the current election cycle, it will be interesting to see which candidates emerge before the filing period and which potential races take shape for the May 10 primary contest.


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