CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A would-be candidate for Kanawha County Commission who sent her filing papers to the wrong office last month has asked County Clerk Vera McCormick to put her name on the ballot anyway.
Sally Shepherd, a former conservation officer and an unsuccessful candidate for state agriculture commissioner, filed to run for county commissioner on Jan. 25 as a Democrat but mistakenly sent her paperwork to the Secretary of State's Office instead of the County Clerk's Office. Under state law, candidates for statewide office must file with the secretary of state, but candidates for county office must file with the county clerk.
Shepherd said Friday she had originally planned to drive from her home in Sissonville to Charleston to file her candidacy papers but was held up by snow. Instead, she mailed her paperwork on Jan. 25, the last day of the filing period.
Shepherd's papers were returned to her, but by that time she had missed the filing deadline.
On Friday, Shepherd gave McCormick a letter asking to be put on the ballot anyway, arguing that the county clerk has the discretion to allow her name on the ballot even though she missed the deadline.
Though she admitted to sending her filing papers to the wrong office, Shepherd said her papers were in "substantial compliance" with the law and should be accepted. She said she found three similar cases where candidates made errors in filing for office and were allowed to file anyway.
None of those cases involved a candidate filing in the wrong office.