Fewer candidates seek West Virginia Supreme Court seats after scandal

West Virginia

FILE – In this Oct. 7, 2019 file photo, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman pauses at Boone County Circuit Court in Madison, W.Va. A little over a year removed from a corruption scandal centered on a pricey renovations of court offices, the West Virginia Supreme Court’s lineup is about to finish its own complete makeover, barring a last-second filing. There are far fewer names for the three races in May than there were for two spots up for grabs in a November 2018 special election. Missing from the list of nine candidates is Workman, whose 12-year term also ends this year. (AP Photo/John Raby, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A little over a year removed from an impeachment scandal that included pricey renovations of court offices, the West Virginia Supreme Court’s lineup is about to finish its own complete makeover, barring a last-second filing.

Nine candidates are seeking three seats on the five-member court in May.

Missing from the list of candidates is Justice Margaret Workman, whose 12-year term ends this year.

Saturday was the deadline for candidates to have their papers postmarked.

If the 72-year-old Workman retires, it would mark the last piece in a court turnover over the past four years.

Two justices stepped down in 2018 and a third, Allen Loughry, resigned after being convicted of felony fraud charges.

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