We hear a lot about voter apathy -- but what about candidate apathy?
The community of Pratt is now in uncharted territory, with many more open offices than names on the ballot.
Many people in Pratt say it's just a last minute town, and people don't like to spend a lot of time planning for an election. But others worry that lack of motivation could ultimately mean the end of their community.
Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick wasn't sure what do when she realized only two of the town's eight races have candidates. She says, “They would appoint if they had a quorum, but they don't have enough people on the ballot to appoint the rest of the council people...we hope they fill it. I know the town’s losing population and stuff and that may be why they should go metro.”
A pastor in Pratt says, “I wish we could get more interest. Especially among the younger guys who own property and have a personal interest in the town, because we have to have a recorder, mayor, and council members to have a charter.”
But the town's current mayor Ann Neece says it's not unusual for candidates to appear at the last minute. The mayor says she thinks people will still come forward to run before the election.
Candidates can file to be an official write-in candidate until May 22nd. Early voting starts the 23rd, and the election is June 12th.