West Virginia Supreme Court elections
|Selection of state court judges in West Virginia currently occurs through partisan elections. At the end of each judge's term, he or she must run for re-election to continue serving.
In February 2015, both houses of the West Virginia State Legislature passed a bill to make judicial elections nonpartisan. The measure, pending the signature of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, would apply to judges of all court levels beginning in 2016. Visit the News section below to read more.
Selection of the chief justice or judge
To serve on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, a judge must be:
In the event of a midterm vacancy, the governor appoints a replacement from a list of two to five qualified applicants submitted by a nominating commission. The appointee serves until the next general election, at which point he or she may compete to fill the remainder of the unexpired term.
See also: West Virginia judicial elections, 2012
In the May primary, incumbent Justice Elliott Maynard did not garner enough votes to advance to the general election. Democrat Menis Ketchum and Margaret Workman won the Democratic primary, while Beth Walker ran unopposed in the Republican primary.
Follow the Money
For candidates' campaign contributions, see their links at Follow the Money.
- American Judicature Society, "Methods of Judicial Selection: West Virginia," archived October 3, 2014
- West Virginia Legislature, "Constitution of West Virginia," accessed September 24, 2014
- West Virginia Press, "Non-partisan judicial elections on governor’s desk," February 24, 2015
- American Judicature Society, "Methods of Judicial Selection: West Virginia; Judicial Nominating Commissions," archived January 13, 2012
- West Virginia Secretary of State, 2010 Primary and General Election Results
- West Virginia Secretary of State, 2008 Primary and General Election Results