CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Secretary of State Mac Warner announces that there will be a special election to fill the remaining term of Judge James Stuckey of the 13th Judicial Circuit in Kanawha County.
Governor Jim Justice issued a proclamation on Tuesday, May 29th, calling for the special election. Article 8 Section 7 of the state Constitution empowers the Governor to issue a directive for a special election to fill judicial vacancies when there are more than two years left on the office's term.
Governor Cecil Underwood first appointed Judge Stucky as a circuit judge in 1997. He was elected for three terms in 2000, 2008, and 2016. Judge Stucky retired last month with six years remaining on an eight-year term.
State Code 3-10-3 say that when a judicial vacancy occurs after the close of the candidate filing period for the primary election and no later than 84 days before the general election, the vacancy shall be filled by a nonpartisan election to run concurrent with the general election. According to state Code, the filing period for candidates wishing to seek this seat is Monday, August 6th to Tuesday, August 21st. Interested candidates can file certificates of candidacy with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.