CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Voters in Clendenin, Marmet and Pratt will go to the polls Tuesday to pick city leaders and vote on other town business.
In Clendenin, former Town Councilman Gary Bledsoe and former Town Recorder Robert Evans are up against incumbent Mayor Bob Ore for the mayor's seat. Ore has been mayor for eight years.
Incumbent Town Recorder David Ross will face challenger Cathy Deel.
Four town council members also will try to hold on to their seats when Clendenin residents elect five members to council. Incumbents Ron Deel, Sidney Oliver, John Shelton Jr. and Mike Stout face opposition from former town Councilman Kenneth Payne, local activist Martha Mitchell and William Ore, who is the nephew of the mayor.
Clendenin's fifth council member, Councilman Darris Holcomb, died of cancer in March.
Town residents also will vote on a referendum to lengthen the term of city officials from two years to four years. Ore said a two-year term doesn't give officials enough time to get anything accomplished.
In Marmet, Mayor Bill Pauley faces a re-election battle against Town Councilman Robert Wells and former Councilwoman Ruth Meadows. Pauley has been mayor in Marmet for 30 years.
In the race for recorder, Tammy Kersey faces Jill Runion. Current Recorder Dave Fontalbert is not running for re-election.
Only three of Marmet's incumbent council members are running for re-election to five seats on council. Incumbents Bill Tardy, Jerry McGhee and Ron Wilson face opposition from Terry Russell, Wynter Winnell, John Dickens, Travis Walker, Charles Humphrey, Debbie Skeens, Jake Halstead and Gary Hardman.