By JOSELYN KING
The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register
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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