ELKINS — A virtual Candidate Forum for the March 2 Elkins Municipal Election is set for next week.
The Randolph County Democratic Women are organizing the forum, to be held on the Zoom platform. The event is set for 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday.
All candidates on the ballot, which features open positions for mayor and one city council member in each of the city’s five wards, are welcome to take part in the forum.
“Candidates will be asked to introduce themselves and explain why they’re running for office,” a Friday press release states. “There will be a question and answer period with questions submitted by RCDW members.
“If time permits, the floor will be open to the general public for questions,” according to the release. “This is a non-partisan event.”
To participate in the event and receive the Zoom link, email Shana Horrigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact Cindy Stemple at 304-641-0751 or cindy–email@example.com.
Every seat on the ballot will be contested.
Four candidates are running for mayor, including Andrew Carroll, of Buffalo Street; Fourth Ward Councilwoman Karen Wilmoth, of High Street; D.C. Talkington, of South Kerens Avenue; and Jerry Marco Jr., of Ferndale Drive.
Mayor Van Broughton announced earlier this fall that he would not seek re-election.
In First Ward, incumbent Robert C. Chenoweth, of Bridgewater Drive, will seek re-election to Elkins City Council, challenged by Phillips B. Kolsun, of Sylvester Drive, and Travis Norwood, of Lavalette Avenue.
In Second Ward, incumbent Charles H. Friddle III, of Mountainview Drive, is being challenged by Carman Pennington, of Baxter Street.
In Third Ward, incumbent Carman L. Metheny, of Hanley Street, will face challenger Clint Higgins, of Capitol Street.
In Fourth Ward, Elizabeth Marshall-MacVean, of Elm Street, is running, as is former Fourth Ward council member Nanci Bross-Fregonara, of Boundary Avenue. The Fourth Ward incumbent, Wilmoth, will vacate the seat after her current term as she is running for mayor.
Fifth Ward incumbent David C. Parker, of Henry Avenue, will be challenged by Howard Knapp II, of First Street, and Burley Woods, of Davis Street.
Mayors are elected to a two-year term. The mayor seat appears on the ballot in all five city wards at every election.
Council members are elected to four-year terms. Two council members are elected from each of the city’s five wards, for a total of 10 council members.
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