Fouty is removed from the ballot

Former Kanawha County magistrate Carol Fouty is officially off the ballot. The State Judicial Investigation Commission charged Fouty in April with five counts of violating the ethics code for alleged conflicts of interest and for granting favors. Under a tentative settlement Fouty pleaded guilty to one of the counts, resigned immediately and promised to remove herself from November's election. The state Election Commission removed Fouty this week. The Kanawha County Republican Party has less than a week to name a replacement.