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Candidates finalized for city’s April 25 ballot

The list of Morgantown City Council candidates who will appear on the ballot for the city’s April 25 election has been finalized.

The ballot will include three incumbents, an unopposed newcomer in the 3rd Ward and an outspoken longtime Morgantown businessman making his debut in elected politics. It also includes two rematches from 2021.

The names that will appear on the ballot are:

1st Ward — Joe Abu-Ghannam, James Giuliani

3rd Ward — Louise “Weeze” Michael

5th Ward — Danielle Trumble, Marly Ynigues

7th Ward — Brian Butcher, Ben Mayle

Both Ynigues and Mayle were candidates on the 2021 ballot as well. Ynigues received 312 votes, finishing third behind Trumble (755) and Tony Setley (367). Butcher defeated Mayle 804 to 608.

This will be the first election in which only a portion of the seven council seats will be up for consideration.

In 2021, the city’s voters passed a referendum doubling term lengths from two to four years and staggering elections so that no more than four councilors are up for election at once.

Noteworthy dates going forward include the March 14 drawing for ballot positions.

April 4 will be the final day to register to vote before the election. Residents of Monongalia County register to vote at the Monongalia County Clerk’s office, located at 243 High St. The county clerk’s office can be reached at 304-291-7230.

Write-in candidates have until April 11 to file an announcement of candidacy with the city clerk office.

Early voting will be held from April 12-22 at the Historic Train Depot at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park (185 Garrett Street). Early voting hours will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays.

Polling locations for the upcoming election (and precincts) include: Mountaineer Mall (1); Morgantown High School auditorium lobby (2A, 2B); First Presbyterian Church (10); Morgantown Municipal Airport (13, 31); BOPARC Senior Center (16); Research Ridge Business Park (23); Suncrest United Methodist Church (26); Sabraton Hill Baptist Church (30).

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