Special Primary Election for Governor

On Saturday, May 14th of 2011, West Virginia will be holding a special primary election to choose the primary candidates for Governor. Voters can also vote early on Saturday, May 7 from 9am-5pm. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is May 9th, which must be submitted by May 13th. The Governors’ seat became vacant when Governor Joe Manchin was elected to and sworn into the United States Senate. Fourteen candidates have entered the race and out of these only two will appear in the general election on October 4th, 2011. The candidates are as diverse as their sheer numbers would suggest.

The big names on the Democrat side are acting Governor Early Ray Tomblin, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and State Treasurer John Perdue; Jeff Kessler and Rick Thompson are also running for Governor and are former WV legislators. Arne Moltis is the only Democratic candidate who has not previously held public office.

As far as the Republicans go, the names are less recognizable statewide with Betty Ireland, Secretary of State from 2005-2009, being the most well-known. Clark Barnes, former State Senator, and Mark Sorsaia, Prosecuting Attorney of Putnam County, are the only other Republicans who have held public office. Scott Regan unsuccessfully ran for State Senate in 2010. The other candidates are generally businessman, with Bill Maloney leading the pack.

The Mountain Party will be represented with Bob Henry Barber and Jesse Johnson, who has ran multiple unsuccessful campaigns throughout the state including the recent special election for US Senate that Governor Joe Manchin won.

On the primary ballot, in the order they appear here, will be the following candidates:

Note: All name links will take you to their respective official campaign sites.

Be sure to get out and vote!

If your unsure of your polling place, you can use the Secretary of State’s “Find My Polling Place” application to help you. If you are unsure if you are registered, you can use their “Am I Registered to Vote?” application. If you need to register to vote, visit our “Register to Vote” page for more information. To vote in the general election on October 4th, you must be registered to vote by September 13th.

Contact the Candidates

Name Party Address County Phone Email
Clark Barnes R 106 S. Kanawha St., Buckhannon, WV 26253 Randolph 304-472-5608 cbarnes1950@yahoo.com
Earl Ray Tomblin D PO Box 11530 Charleston, WV 25339 Logan info@earlraytomblin.com
Rick Thompson D 4625 Route 152 Lavalette, WV 25535 Wayne 304-551-7425 Info@RickThompsonWV.com
Arne Moltis D PO Box 8373 South Charleston, WV 25303 Kanawha 304-395-0214 arne@suddenlink.net
Natalie Tennant D P.O. Box 1063 Charleston, WV 25324 Kanawha 304-993-0874 info@natalietennant.com
Betty Ireland R PO Box 3848 Charleston, WV 25338 Kanawha 304-343-5033 info@votebettyireland.com
Mark Sorsaia R P.O. Box 361, Hurricane, WV 25526 Putnam 304-546-3477 mark@sorsaiaforgovernor.com
Larry Faircloth R P.O. Box 558 Inwood, WV 25428 Berkeley 304-267-3949 faircloth4governor@frontier.com
John Perdue D 608 Virginia Street E Charleston, WV 25301 Kanawha 304-414-0880 John@johnperdue.com
Cliff Ellis R 104 Sunset Drive Westover, WV 26501 Monongalia 304-680-5332 gellis104@comcast.net
Mitch Carmichael R 2 Colonial Drive Ripley, WV 25271 Jackson 304-372-4667 mitch.carmichael@frontier.com
Ralph Clark R Monongalia rclark376@comcast.net
Jeff Kessler D 607 Wheeling Ave. Glen Dale, WV 26038 Marshall jeff@jeffkesslerforgovernor.com
Bill Maloney R PO Box 18189 Morgantown, WV 26507 Monongalia maloneyforwv@gmail.com
Name Party Mailing Address County Phone # Email Address
Clark
Barnes
Republican 106 S. Kanawha St., Buckhannon, WV 26253 Randolph 304-472-5608 cbarnes1950@yahoo.com
Earl Ray
Tomblin
Democrat PO Box 11530 Charleston, WV 25339 Logan info@earlraytomblin.com
Rick
Thompson
Democrat 4625 Route 152 Lavalette, WV 25535 Wayne 304-551-7425 Info@RickThompsonWV.com
Arne
Moltis
Democrat PO Box 8373 South Charleston, WV 25303 Kanawha 304-395-0214 arne@suddenlink.net
Natalie E. Tennant Democrat P.O. Box 1063 Charleston, WV 25324 Kanawha 304-993-0874 info@natalietennant.com
Betty
Ireland
Republican PO Box 3848 Charleston, WV 25338 Kanawha 304-343-5033 info@votebettyireland.com
Mark A.
Sorsaia
Republican P.O. Box 361, Hurricane, WV 25526 Putnam 304-546-3477 mark@sorsaiaforgovernor.com
Larry V. Faircloth Republican P.O. Box 558 Inwood, WV 25428 Berkeley 304-267-3949 faircloth4governor@frontier.com
John D.
Perdue
Democrat 608 Virginia Street E Charleston, WV 25301 Kanawha 304-414-0880 John@johnperdue.com
Cliff
Ellis
Republican 104 Sunset Drive Westover, WV 26501 Monongalia 304-680-5332 gellis104@comcast.net
Mitch B.
Carmichael
Republican 2 Colonial Drive Ripley, WV 25271 Jackson 304-372-4667 mitch.carmichael@frontier.com
Ralph William Clark Republican Monongalia rclark376@comcast.net
Jeffrey V. Kessler Democrat 607 Wheeling Ave. Glen Dale, WV 26038 Marshall jeff@jeffkesslerforgovernor.com
Bill
Maloney
Republican PO Box 18189 Morgantown, WV 26507 Monongalia maloneyforwv@gmail.com
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Posted on March 8, 2011, in Candidates and Officials, News and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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