WV Supreme Court of Appeals Election Resources

Among the many important races on the ballot this election, West Virginia voters will have the opportunity to elect two new justices to fill vacancies on the WV Supreme Court of Appeals. It’s a crowed field, with 10 candidates running for each of the two seats, which will be listed on the ballot as Division 1 and Division 2.  

In an op-ed published in the Beckley Register-Herald earlier this week, Boone County Circuit Court Judge Will Thompson said, “Voters in West Virginia have the opportunity to restore trust and credibility to the Supreme Court. Not only is this election critical to the future of the West Virginia Supreme Court, but it is also one of the most confusing elections in recent memory. It is critical that the voters understand this election.”

We couldn’t agree more, and for that reason we’ve compiled some resources and reporting on the Supreme Court races to help voters learn more about the candidates running to complete two unexpired terms on the Court. 

In the Division 1 race, voters will decide who will replace Justice Menis Ketchum who retired in July, and plead guilty shortly after to wire fraud related to his use of a state vehicle and state credit card to purchase gas for personal trips. Elected in 2008, Ketchum’s term in office was set to end in 2020.

In the Division 2, voters will fill the unexpired term of Justice Robin Davis. Davis retired in August, after the House of Delegates impeached her and the other remaining justices on the Court. Davis was re-elected in 2012, and her term ends in 2024. 


Voter Guides

Both guides include profiles of candidates for the Supreme Court as well as various state and local offices. Print versions were included in the Sunday, October 21 editions of the H-D and G-M. Online subscibers can download a copy from each paper’s E-Edition. 

Candidate Forums & Related News Coverage

West Virginia Bar Association Forums at the WV Culture Center

News Coverage

Sep 10 2018  Press Release
Petition demands fair, transparent judicial elections
Aug 24 2018  WVCCE Blog
Making sense of the chaotic West Virginia Supreme Court impeachment
Aug 1 2018  WVCCE Blog
The Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform: Empowering People, Fighting Big Money
Jul 13 2018  WVCCE Blog
Political spending in judicial races need transparency

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