WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Putnam County voters will cast ballots on Nov. 4 for several races, including magistrate.
Here is a look at the candidates for that office:
Four candidates are vying for three Magistrate seats: Republicans Kim M. Blair, Kylene Dunlap Brown, Linda J. Hunt and Independent Bob Siebel.
Blair was raised in upstate New York but has resided in West Virginia for roughly 20 years. Blair is married to Jim Caruthers and has raised three children. Blair, an incumbent, has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Houston and has served as a correctional counselor, worked with home visitation and monitoring for a federal halfway house and was a licensed social worker with Putnam's truancy program.
"I'm dedicated to serving the citizens of Putnam County," she said.
If re-elected, Blair said "I just want to continue to decide each case on its own merits and be as fair and impartial as I can on each of the cases."
Also an incumbent, Brown was born in Nitro but moved to Teays Valley as a child. Now in her fourth term as magistrate, Brown graduated from Hurricane High School and then went on to receive a bachelor's in criminal justice from West Virginia State College. She later earned a master's in criminal justice from Marshall University. Brown's work experience includes being a former Putnam County deputy sheriff, former police chief and municipal judge for the town of Eleanor, former Putnam County Jail Administrator and former member of the West Virginia Board of Parole.
"I would hope the voters would want to return a magistrate to office who is qualified and who most importantly loves what she does," she said.
Hunt is originally from Doddridge County and is in her first term as magistrate. She has lived in Winfield since 1972, where she currently resides with her husband, Claude Jake Hunt, with whom she has raised three children. She graduated from Marshall University with a master's in school counseling and also has a bachelor's in elementary education and math from Salem University. Hunt says being magistrate is, "an extremely interesting job. And I feel like you can really make a difference."
Following her work as a school counselor, she says that she sees a lot of the same people come before her in court.
"But in this job, you can actually force things to be done," she said.
Raised in Alexandria, Va., Siebel, a Navy veteran, has lived in Hurricane for 17 years with his wife, Ellen. They have raised three children. Siebel graduated from West Virginia State University with a degree in art. He retired from Verizon after 35 years of service, spending the last 20 years in charge of Verizon's corporate security in West Virginia. Siebel has also been a private investigator for 20 years with a specialty in technical surveillance countermeasures, served as an adjunct professor in the criminal justice department at West Virginia State University and has provided instruction at the West Virginia State Police Academy.
"I have some very usable skills for someone in the position of magistrate," he said. "I sat before judges and magistrates over 300 times on cases I had. I have a very good idea on what happens in the courtroom and magisterial situations."
How long is the office term: Four years
How many representatives per district and who is the incumbent: There are three magistrate positions open at this time. Magistrates Kim M. Blair, Kylene Dunlap Brown and Linda J. Hunt are currently in office.
Job duties: Magistrates issue arrest and search warrants, hear misdemeanor cases, conduct preliminary examinations in felony cases, and hear civil cases with $5,000 or less in dispute.
Summary of the race: These three seats are open due to term expiration. The candidates are incumbents Republican Kim M. Blair, Republican Kylene Dunlap Brown and Republican Linda J. Hunt and Independent challenger Bob Siebel.