Some contested, some quiet races in May primary

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) A total of 18 candidates, including some about whom people have heard almost nothing, filed in West Virginia for both the Democratic and Republican nominations for president.

The city of Mary Esther in Okaloosa County held a special municipal election Tuesday, June 4. (MGN)

The ballots for the May 12 primary election were certified by the West Virginia Secretary of State's office Tuesday.

Presidential candidates include President Donald Trump and all of the current Democratic front-runners, as well as Michael Bloomberg.

But they also include Republicans like "Rocky" De La Fuente and Bob Ely, and a local resident, David Rice, running for president as a Democrat.

There are a total of 12 candidates running for West Virginia governor-five Democrats and seven Republicans-including Governor Jim Justice and his former development director, Woody Thrasher.

There are contested primary races locally for Parkersburg City Council, in districts four and seven.

"The mayor's race for the city of Parkersburg, there's three Republicans and two Democrats running," notes Wood County Clerk Mark Rhodes. "We have four running for the 10th House of Delegates district; it's a vote for three. And we have six people running for the Board of Education, and it's a vote for two."

As previously reported, there will be elections that will be decided in May instead of in November.

Those are the Wood County Board of Education, Mayor and City Council in Williamstown, and seats on the West Virginia Supreme Court.

And the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Levy renewal is up in the cities of Parkersburg and Vienna.