Would-be Kanawha commission candidate misses deadline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sally Shepherd, a former conservation officer and candidate for state agriculture commissioner, intended to run for a seat on the Kanawha County Commission this year.But her name won't be on the ballot, because she sent her paperwork to the wrong office.Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick said Shepherd intended to run for the office of county commission, but mistakenly sent her application form to the secretary of state's office rather than the county clerk's office.Under state law, candidates for statewide office file with the secretary of state, but candidates for county office must file with the county clerk. "They had to deny her, because she sent it to the wrong office," McCormick said Tuesday.Jake Glance, spokesman for Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, confirmed that the office received Shepherd's candidacy papers on Monday. Because she filed with the wrong office, Glance said, her application was returned to her.
Candidacy papers had to be postmarked by midnight Jan. 25 for candidates to be eligible for office -- so it's now too late for Shepherd to file in Kanawha County, McCormick said.Shepherd finished second in the 2012 Democratic primary for state agriculture commissioner. She received more than 24 percent of the votes cast in the five-candidate race.Longtime County Commissioner Hoppy Shores, a Republican, is up for re-election this year. He will be opposed in the primary by George Anthony Metz Jr.Clint Casto, an outspoken critic of a county plan to put a cell phone tower in his neighborhood near Big Chimney and a frequent candidate for the House of Delegates, is the only Democrat to file for the office.Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215. 
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