Candidates file prior to deadline

NEW CUMBERLAND – Incumbents on the Hancock County school board, the Hancock County Commission and in the Hancock County Clerk’s Office will have primary challengers on May 13.

Among those filing candidacy petitions by Saturday’s midnight deadline was Democrat Joe Barnabei, of Weirton, who is challenging incumbent Hancock County Commissioner Dan Greathouse, also a Democrat.

There are no Republican challengers, meaning the election of county commissioner will be decided in the May 13 primary.

Greathouse, 62, of Weirton, who last faced Barnabei in 2008, is nearing the end of his third six-year term.

Hancock County school board incumbents John Manypenny, Toni Hinerman and Laura Greathouse are running for re-election and face a challenge from Republican Michelle Chappell, of New Cumberland (Clay District).

Chappell last ran for the school board in May 2012, when she was defeated by the two top vote-getters – incumbents Jerry Durante and Patsy Brancazio. Chappell and her husband, Chip, a native of Hancock County, have two children.

Hancock County Clerk George Foley, a Democrat, will not run unopposed now that Michael “Freddie” Capito, a Republican from Weirton, has announced his candidacy for that office.

Foley must win election this year if he is to finish the unexpired six-year term of longtime County Clerk Eleanor Straight, who retired in August 2013. Commissioners appointed Foley, a former deputy clerk, to fill the vacancy left by Straight’s retirement.

Whoever is elected – Foley or Capito – will serve through the end of 2016.

Also filing petitions were candidates for Hancock County Democratic Executive Committee, Hancock County Republican Executive Committee and Hancock County conservation district supervisor.