Pocahontas County elects three commissioners, each to 6 year terms.
Bill Beard, President of the Commission, was initially appointed to the commission after the untimely death of commissioner Dolan Irvine. In the 2014 election, Mr. Beard was elected from the Southern District. Beard, a Democrat, is a farmer living near Hillsboro.
Bill Beard - 6426 Seneca Trail, Hillsboro, WV 24946 304-653-4278 email@example.com
Jamie Walker was elected from the Central District in 2010. Walker, a Republican, lives in the country near Marlinton. Walker drives a school bus and raises bear dogs with his father. Their websites are here and here.
Jamie Walker - 775 Red Lick Road, Marlinton, WV 24954 304-799-0864 (Mr. Walker does not use email)
David McLaughlin was elected to the commission for the Northen District in 2014, replacing David Fleming. McLaughlin, a Democrat, has experience delivering a postal route, and is a life-long farmer living near Dunmore.
David McLaughlin - 14149 Brown’s Creek Road, Marlinton, WV 24954 304-456-4053 firstname.lastname@example.org
Eight Rivers Council asked our mailing list to suggest questions for county commission candidates in the 2016 primary, which have been pared down to eight.
UPDATE: John Leyzorke placed an advertisement in The Pocahontas Times newspaper in June 2016 announcing that he was exploring the possibility of running as an Independent for a seat on the County Commission in the fall election. In his advertisement, Mr. Leyzorek posed some of his ideas and invited feedback from the public. Eight Rivers Council then has invited Mr. Leyzorek to respond to the same questionnaire that primary candidates had been invited last spring to respond. Here is the PDF file of Mr. Leyzorek's response July 7.
Following is Eight Rivers Council Report:
In order to assist Eight Rivers Council friends in deciding how to vote for County Commissioner in the upcoming 2016 primary, May 10, Eight Rivers mailed a questionnaire on April 15 to all 4 candidates an identical list of 8 questions. We requested a response by noon April 27 by postal mail or email. Three candidates responded. Click on the questions, below, to see candidate responses. The text of the responses has been edited for formatting only. Candidates are listed in the same order as the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Web site. Click each link below.
Bill Beard, President
(note: Photos from Pocahontas Times)
Pocahontas County Courthouse