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Taylor appeals sheriff's race decision to the supreme court

Posted: Thursday, Oct 4th, 2012

BUCKHANNON — The runner-up in the Upshur County Sheriff’s primary race is appealing his case to the state’s highest court.

David Taylor filed a notice of appeal with the W.Va. Supreme Court this week and said a brief will be filed with the court by today.

He is seeking to reverse a decision by the Upshur County Commission — later upheld by the Upshur County Circuit Court — that denied his petition to be placed on the General Election ballot due to Hatch Act allegations against the winner of the May primary.

Taylor finished second to Mike Kelley, chief deputy of the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department. But Kelley withdrew from the General Election in July after being given two options by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel — resign as chief deputy or remove himself from the ballot.

The county commission then denied Taylor’s request to be placed on the ballot, and finding a replacement candidate was turned over to the Upshur County Republican Executive Committee, which chose David Coffman over Taylor.

Judge Thomas Steptoe, senior status judge appointed to hear the case in Upshur County Circuit Court, agreed with the commission’s decision in a hearing held soon afterwards.

For the complete article see the 10-05-2012 issue.

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