CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Two more West Virginia circuit judges
may seek to elevate their positions within the state's court
Judges J.D. Beane and Christopher Wilkes filed pre-candidacy
papers within the last month for the state Supreme Court.
The top two vote-getters in the 2012 general election will win
full, 12-year terms on the state's highest court.
But first, candidates for justice must clear the May party
Beane is a Democrat presiding out of Wood County. Other
Democratic pre-candidates include incumbent Justice Robin Davis,
Circuit Judge Jim Rowe of Greenbrier County, and former State Bar
President Tish Chafin.
Wilkes is a Republican judge in the Eastern Panhandle. The GOP
pre-candidates are fellow panhandle Judge John Yoder and former
Supreme Court law clerk Allen Loughry.
The official candidate filing period begins Jan. 9.