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West Virginia Supreme Court Division 2 candidates want focus on family courts


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

West Virginia Supreme Court Division 2 candidates participating in Sunday’s forum at West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling, from left, are William Schwartz, Brendan Long, Jeff Kessler, William Stewart Thompson, Robert Frank, Evan Jenkins, Jim Douglas, Marty “Redshoes” Sheehan and Jim O’Brien. Not attending was Dennise Renee Smith.
(Intelligencer photo by Scott McCloskey)

WHEELING, W.Va.  — As the opioid addiction crisis continues in West Virginia, family courts in the state are dealing with the fallout.

Candidates for the Division 2 seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals discussed Sunday the need for an increased focus on children and family courts during a candidate forum at West Virginia Northern Community College.

Nine of the 10 candidates for the six-year unexpired term on the court were present for the event. Attending were Jim Douglas of Kanawha County; Robert J. Frank of Greenbrier County; Evan Jenkins of Cabell County; Jeffrey Kessler of Marshall County; Brendan Long of Putnam County; Jim O’Brien and Marty “Redshoes” Sheehan, both of Ohio County; William Schwartz of Kanawha County; and William Stewart Thompson of Boone County. Dennise Renee Smith of Kanawha County did not participate.

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