By Jean A. Flanagan
From a political standpoint, 2016 promises to be a big year. Public offices from the local level all the way to the President of the United States are up for grabs.
Running for office is not a decision to be made lightly. Certain offices have residency or educational requirements. All candidates for public office must complete an application or Certificate of Announcement and include a filing fee.
The Certificate of Announcement is available from the West Virginia Secretary of State or the County Clerk, if the office is within one county.
“People who come to this office to file get a packet of information including financial reporting forms,” said Hardy County Clerk Gregg Ely. “The financial reporting forms must be filled out and filed within 60 days after the Primary Election.”
The filing period for the 2016 Primary Election begins on Monday, Jan. 11 and ends at midnight on Saturday, Jan. 30. “The application must be postmarked by Jan. 30,” Ely said.