Unopposed West Virginia candidate left off ballot

AP News
Posted: May 22, 2014 2:49 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With no opposition for his city council seat in a small town on West Virginia's Northern Panhandle, Curtis Mele (ME'-lee) figured his ticket to a third consecutive term was secure.

Instead, a clerical error left his name off the May 13 ballot, and another councilman was listed as the candidate in his district in Benwood. Now, officials in the town of 1,600 are scrambling for a solution. Mele said Thursday that he has hired an attorney to contest the election.

Ballot responsibility falls under City Clerk Judy Hunt's office. Hunt referred questions to the city attorney, who didn't immediately return calls.

Mele says he found out about the mix-up hours after polls opened.

Mele says he doesn't want a special election because that brings up the possibility of facing opposition.