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W.Va. Supreme Court candidate forums set for Charleston next week

W.Va. Bar Association hosting events Oct. 15 and Oct. 18 at W.Va. Culture Center

CHARLESTON, W.VA.— Candidates for the West Virginia Supreme Court will participate in public forums on Oct. 15 and 18, giving voters a chance to review candidates seeking the state’s highest judicial position.

Organized by the West Virginia Bar Association and available across the state on West Virginia Public Broadcasting via Facebook Live, the events are scheduled at the West Virginia Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, W.Va.

The candidates are divided into two divisions, with one division the focus of each forum. The forums are 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., followed by a reception from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Gregory W. Bowman, WVU College of Law, and Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews, will moderate the forums.

On Monday, Oct. 15, candidates in Division One will participate:

– Tim Armstead, Kanawha County
– Harry C. “Bo” Bruner, Jr., Kanawha County
– Ronald H. Hatfield, Jr., Cabell County
– Mark Hunt, Kanawha County
– Hiram “Buck” Lewis, IV, Clay County
– Joanna I. Tabit, Kanawha County
– Chris Wilkes, Berkeley County
– Jeff C. Woods, Kanawha County

On Thursday, Oct. 18, candidates in Division Two will participate:

– Jim Douglas, Kanawha County
– Robert J. Frank, Greenbrier County
– Evan Jenkins, Cabell County
– Jeffrey Kessler, Marshall County
– Brenden D. Long, Putnam County
– William Schwartz, Kanawha County
– Marty “Redshoes” Sheehan, Ohio County
– Dennise Renee Smith, Kanawha County
– William Stewart Thompson, Boone County

Both forums are open to the public. Tickets are $40 to the public, $30 for members of the Bar Association and $20 for young lawyers of the Bar Association. For more information, Contact Tessa White, 304-545-6180 or

Two reserve tickets online, visit the following links:

Division One:

Division Two:


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