Five file for West Virginia Supreme Court seat left vacant by Menis Ketchum retirement


    Martin Sheehan, Brenden Long, Carl Hostler, Harry Bruner and Joanna Tabit file with the Secretary of State’s Office to run for the vacancy that was created when Menis Ketchum retired as a justice from the court. (Candidate Courtesy Photos)

    Five people have filed to run so far for a vacant two-year term on the West Virginia Supreme Court.

    Martin Sheehan, Brenden Long, Carl Hostler, Harry Bruner and Joanna Tabit have filed with the Secretary of State’s Office to run for the vacancy that was created when Menis Ketchum retired as a justice from the court.

    Ketchum announced in July that he was retiring from his seat effective at the end of the business day July 27. Federal prosecutors said Ketchum has agreed in an information to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud.

    Another vacancy on the court was created when Justice Robin Davis announced Tuesday that she retired from the court on Monday. Her announcement comes in the wake of a vote by the House of Delegates to impeach Davis and three other justices on the court, Allen Loughry, Margaret Workman and Beth Walker.

    Davis’ retirement creates an open seat with a six-year term. The Secretary of State’s Office said no one can file for that particular vacancy until Wednesday.

    Governor Jim Justice is calling for a special election to run concurrently with the Nov. 6, 2018 general election to fill Davis' seat.

    Boone County Circuit Judge William S. Thompson released a statement Tuesday, saying he will run for Davis' seat.

    Congressman Evan Jenkins also released a statement Tuesday, announcing he will run for a Supreme Court justice seat.

    "Yesterday, the people’s house of our state legislature voiced what most West Virginian’s have been feeling, our trust in the state’s highest court is broken," the statement said. "Now more than ever, we need public servants who will put the people first, restore transparency and accountability in our supreme court, not greed and self-interest. Today I am filing to serve on the people’s court as justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals."

    It will be possible for candidates who have filed for the two-year term to switch and file for the six-year term if they desire to do so.

    To see the latest candidate filings, click here.

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