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WHEELING – A woman’s place is in the House, the Senate and in most 2022 ballot races.

A cursory look at local candidate filings for this year’s primary election reveals a particularly strong showing from the women who showed up to participate.

It starts at the top of the poll, where three of the seven candidates for the U.S. House seat from District 2 in West Virginia are women. Among those filing in the race are Republicans Rhonda A. Hercules of Wheeling, Susan Buchser-Lochocki of Wheeling and Democrat Angela J. Dwyer of Martinsburg.

There will also be a two-woman Republican primary — a contest almost unthinkable a decade ago — for West Virginia’s Senate District 1 between Laura Wakim Chapman and Judi Varner Meyer.

But the local race that may well capture the most attention is for District 4’s new seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates. Six-term delegate Erikka Storch, R-Ohio, is slated to attend a general election in November with a Democratic opponent — prominent Wheeling lawyer Teresa Toriseva.

“I think when we get to a point in state politics where having two wives competing against each other is okay, we’ve achieved something,” said Toriseva.

“It seems gender is irrelevant when it comes to running for office, and that makes me smile.”

Storch said she doesn’t look at politics the way “two women run against each other”

“But I’m glad the women are getting involved,” she said. “We saw a number of women coming and going in the room. It’s not easy for someone to find (political service) what works in their life, so I’m glad to see so many women have families who encourage and support them…”

“Women simply have a lot to contribute and see many sides of the issues. I appreciate this initiative. »

Ohio County Republican Party Chairwoman Elgine McArdle said the District 4 contest should be “an interesting race.”

“Isn’t it wonderful? I think it’s fantastic. added Teddie Grogan, president of the Ohio County Democratic Women’s Group. “It is time for women’s voices to be heard, and for all voices to be heard – old, young and in between, especially women of color. It’s good.”

She said she was not surprised that so many women are running for office in 2022.

“Women have been behind the scenes, influencing for years,” Grogan said. “Now more than ever, with the ongoing polarization in the country, the pandemic and politics affecting issues that affect women. Many are saying they can’t take it anymore and they’re going to do something about it.

Other notable filings by local women include Republican Brooke McArdle in the District 5 House of Delegates race; Democrat Reva Yost in Delegated District 6; and Delegate Lisa Zukoff, D-Marshall, running for re-election in District 7.

There will also be a Republican primary for Hancock County Clerk between Valerie Truax and Karan Baier Valenti.

In Ohio County, Republican Donna Vance will face longtime clerk Brenda Miller, a Democrat, in the general election.

And in Marshall County, a race for county clerk will see Republican Connie Howie and Democrat Melanie Madden, while Democrat Donna (Kobasko) Crow has asked to face a man – Republican circuit clerk Joe Rucki – in autumn.

Republican Sandra (Sandy) Casto sees a Republican primary against one man, Frederick John Marello Jr., for Hancock County Clerk.

A host of other women ran unopposed for county offices. In Brooke County, it’s Clerk Kimberly “Kimmy” Barbetta, a Democrat; Glenda Brooks, a Democrat for circuit clerk; and Shannon Price for magistrate.

Republican Candi Warner is the lone candidate for Tyler County circuit clerk. In Hancock County, Commissioner Lisa Heasley, a Democrat, is seeking re-election, and fellow Democrat Jessica Davis is the only candidate for county clerk.

Board of Education candidates include Stacy Hooper and Kristin M. Newton in Brooke County; Christina Lee Fair in Hancock County; Brenda K. Coffield and Christie Robison in Marshall County; Molly Aderholt and Jessica Powers in Ohio County; Katrina Byers, Renee Glover, Camille Mace and Christine L. Nice in Tyler County; and Linda Duke and Carolyn Yoho in Wetzel County.



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