City Council seats up for grabs


GRAFTON—With the holidays behind us, it’s that wonderful time of year again, where folks begin to focus on elections. This year, citizens will see eager candidates contending for numerous seats at the city level.

Grafton City Council will have three position that will be eligible for re-election. All seats are four-year terms, which will begin July 1,2020 and expire on June 30, 2024.

The Ward I seat, currently being held by Councilman Jerold P. “Jerry” Isner, will be up for bid during the May 13, 2020 West Virginia State Primary Election.

“In accordance with the 1985 Grafton City Charter, amended by Ordinance No. 740, on December 6, 2005, the election will be held on that date as part of the primary election,” shared City Clerk Larry Richman.

In order to be eligible for this position, interested individuals will need to reside in the Fetterman area of Taylor County, within city limits.

The territory encompasses the area east of Morris Alley in Fetterman and traveling along the river and railroad tracks, west of Rock, Ethel and Latrobe Streets. The area just north of North Pike Street is also included ending near Warder Rd.

Maps of the wards are available in the City Clerk’s office. For a more detailed map of ward boundaries, please contact their office by calling 304-265-1412 ext. 15.

The second seat up for grabs is that of Councilwoman Brenda K. Thompson, who is also currently serving as Grafton’s Vice Mayor. Thompson serves in the At Large position.

Any person residing in the city limits of Grafton is welcome to apply for candidacy of the position.

Those wishing to run for election for a councilmember position must be a qualified voter of the City of Grafton. Candidates may not hold any other elective public office and cannot be employed by the city during his or her time in office.

Additionally, once in office, if a councilmember should violate the terms of his or her elected position, including the ward they reside in, or if they are convicted of a crime that is believed to be contrary to community standards of honesty, good morals or justice, they will forfeit their position immediately.

The Grafton City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month. On the first Tuesday, the meeting is held at 1:00 p.m. On the second Tuesday, the meeting is held at 6:30 p.m.

All meetings are held in the City of Grafton Municipal Complex (1 W. Main Street) in Historic Downtown Grafton. Meeting dates and times are subject to change.

Interested parties may pick up certificates of candidacy from the City Clerk on or after Monday, January 13. All applications must be returned by Saturday, January 25. Be sure to include your check or money order of $25, made payable to the City of Grafton, with your application, to cover the filing fee.

It has always been said that if you want to see change, you must be willing to initiate it, so pick up a certificate of candidacy, grab your pen and get your name in the running to become a part of the Grafton City Council!

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