Another election season underway

Raymond R. Tackett (D) files his intention to run for the Andrews town clerk-treasurer’s office, one of the first candidates to file for the 2015 general election in November. Assisting Tackett is Pam Fowler, voter registration and election deputy in the Huntington County Clerk’s Office.
Raymond R. Tackett (D) files his intention to run for the Andrews town clerk-treasurer’s office, one of the first candidates to file for the 2015 general election in November. Assisting Tackett is Pam Fowler, voter registration and election deputy in the Huntington County Clerk’s Office. Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Another election season is underway.

The filing period opened Jan. 7 for the May 5 primary election, when local Democrats and Republicans will go to the polls to select their parties’ nominees for city and town offices in the November general election.

Each party gained one official candidate on the first day of filing — Republican Greg Sprinkle filed for the mayoral nomination in Huntington, and Democrat Ray Tackett filed for his party’s nomination to the clerk-treasurer’s post in Andrews.

Sprinkle is one of three Republicans who previously announced plans to run for mayor. Incumbent Mayor Brooks Fetters has said he plans to seek a second term, and Huntington businessman Larry Buzzard has also said he intends to join the race.

Tackett currently serves on the Andrews Town Council.

Other early filers included Republican Paul Pike, who is seeking another term as second district representative on the Huntington Common Council; and Democrat Bill Oswalt, who also wants to return to the Huntington Common Council. Oswalt represents the city’s third district.

Offices on the ballot for 2015 are mayor, clerk-treasurer and all seven council seats in Huntington; clerk-treasurer and three town council seats in Andrews, Mt. Etna and Roanoke; clerk-treasurer and two town council seats in Markle and Warren.

Major party candidates have until Feb. 6 at noon to file a declaration of candidacy for the municipal primary. Filing deadlines for independent, minor party or write-in candidates are later in the summer.

Candidates for municipal offices in Huntington and Andrews have traditionally run as Democrats or Republicans, while municipal elections in Markle, Mt. Etna, Roanoke and Warren have traditionally been nonpartisan. However, nothing prevents independent candidates from seeking offices in Huntington and Andrews, or major party members from filing as primary candidates in the other four towns.

Voters have until April 6 at noon to register or update a registration in order to vote in the primary.

Absentee voting for the primary will take place from April 7 through May 4.