Meet The Division 3 Candidates Vying For Seats On W.Va.'s Supreme Court


On this West Virginia Morning, we conclude a three-part series of stories on candidates vying for seats on the West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals. We also bring you reports from protests in West Virginia against police brutality and racism, and we speak with historian Stan Bumgardner who shares an essay on Appalachia.

Hundreds of people peacefully marched through the streets of downtown Morgantown Tuesday calling for justice and equality for people of color following the deaths of unarmed black people at the hands of police. Brittany Patterson has more.

Police in the state’s panhandles were investigating two separate incidents related to protests against police violence. Corey Knollinger has more.

Next week’s primary election will serve as the deciding election for three open seats on the five-person bench of the West Virginia Supreme Court. So far, we have taken a look at candidates for Divisions 1 and 2, whose winners will each serve the standard 12-year term on the state’s high court. But the winner of Division 3 will serve the remaining four years left on the term. Dave Mistich explains and has more on the candidates in that race.

Stan Bumgardner is a historian and the editor of Goldenseal Magazine. He recently wrote an essay titled “What is Appalachia?” for the Charleston Gazette-Mail. For a recent episode of Inside Appalachia, Bumgardner recorded a version of the essay and talked to reporter Eric Douglas via Skype about what it means for the region.

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