Feb 3, 2012- Money in W.Va. Supreme Court Race

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

Tish Chafin is pledging $1 million from of her own money for her primary campaign.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP & WSAZ) - A Democrat running for West Virginia's Supreme Court is pledging $1 million from her personal wealth toward her primary campaign.

Candidate Tish Chafin is one of six Democrats running for two seats up on the state's highest court. The candidate filing period ended less than a week ago. The primary is May 8.

Concerns about campaign contributions and spending in judicial races have spurred legislative debate in recent years. This year's Supreme Court race features a pilot program offering public funds to candidates who qualify. Republican Allen Loughry is the sole candidate participating.

Chafin is a recent State Bar president and a trial lawyer with her husband, Senate Majority Leader Truman Chafin. Other Democratic candidates include incumbent Justice Robin Davis. That primary may also attract spending by outside groups.

In a poll released late last year by Mark Blankenship Enterprises, Chafin started at the back of the pack among Democratic candidates who were included in the survey.

Davis received support from 21 percent of voters, Rowe got 14 percent, Beane received 10 percent and Chafin had 7 percent. Louis Palmer and John "Buck" Rogers were not inclded in the poll.


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