The Wood County Commissioners office was among several stops a candidate for the West Virginia Supreme Court made while visiting the area Thursday.
Judge Lora Dyer of Jackson County is one of three candidates for an unexpired term on the state high court.
Much like candidates for several offices in 2020, she's concerned about the opioid crisis, and that it's leading to an increase in the number of foster children in the state.
"It's no secret there are 7,000 children in foster care, and that's either directly or indirectly related to that," Judge Dyer told us. "In the county where I'm a circuit judge, we have 300 abuse and neglect cases. It's something I'm very passionate about; I have a son and I care about these kids."
Dyer says much has been done to restore confidence in the high court in the last couple of years, but that she can do more.
The Supreme Court seats, like all of the elections for judicial offices, will be decided in the May 12th West Virginia primary.