Two Candidates Eye Public Financing in W.Va. Court Bids

Two of three announced candidates for the West Virginia Supreme Court in an election next year say they are likely to, or will, take advantage of the state’s public financing program for judicial candidates.

Incumbent Justice Brent Benjamin has said he will use public financing, and newly announced candidate Bill Wooton, a former state senator, said he likely will opt for it, according to The Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Attorney Beth Walker, a third candidate, has said she does not plan to opt for public financing. The contest will be held under a new law making judicial races non-partisan. The article notes that Wooton held office as a Democrat and Benjamin and Walker have run for office as Republicans.