Election Commission will meet next week over magistrate's ballot position

The state Election Commission on Wednesday set an emergency meeting date for Aug. 15, thinking that the Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee will submit a request to replace former magistrate Carol Fouty on the November ballot. August 20th is the deadline for vacancies to be filled on the general election ballot. Fouty, who has been suspended without pay since April after the Judicial Investigation Commission charged her with violating the magistrate's ethics code. She resigned last Friday, and her attorney submitted an agreement to the Judicial Hearing Board yesterday that states she'll not seek election this fall.