FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WRITTEN BY WES NUGENT
(Morgantown, W.Va.) After garnering nearly 10,000 votes in the June 9 election to win Monongalia County’s Division 1 Magistrate’s race, Ron Bane’s focus has shifted to successfully transitioning to the seat held by the Honorable Hershel R. Mullins, longstanding Division 1 Magistrate, who died June 13.
Describing the situation, Ron Bane said, “Out of respect for Magistrate Mullins and his family, the Vote Bane Team wanted to wait an appropriate time to make important announcements regarding the continuation of court business. Most importantly, we’re happy to announce Amy White, who was hired three-and-a-half years ago by the Honorable Magistrate Mullins, has agreed to continue her service with our court. Mrs. White will lead my transition to filling the unexpired term earlier as a result of the vacancy.”
Amy White, a native of Taylor County, graduated from Fairmont State College in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. From the onset of her tenure with Magistrate Mullins, her goal has been to run an effective and efficient office. Mrs. White said, “Our caseload is current and I have worked hard to ensure all cases and any hearings are scheduled timely.”
According to Bane, Mrs. White will handle all official court business and correspondence. The Vote Bane Team led by Mr. Nugent will coordinate on ceremonial and constituent affairs related to voter outreach and education as well as continue campaign communications and fundraising. An official announcement will be made regarding the date and time of Bane’s swearing in ceremony, tentatively planned to be livestreamed in light of social distancing (pending approvals.)
Wes Nugent, Vote Bane Chair/Treasurer, confirmed Bane has received an official order to begin transition on – or after – July 1, 2020, but that Bane would not be installed until after he had completed training and waited a requisite 20 days as is typical for court appointees. Nugent said, “The order approved by the WV Supreme Court and received June 18, 2020, from the Honorable Phillip D. Gaujot, Chief Judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, put our Vote Bane Team’s transition plan into action ahead of schedule, but with the guidance and assistance of Mrs. White, we’re confident Mr. Bane will be installed and presiding on the court’s current docket by late-July.”
“With the input and help of many people, Ron Bane assembled a team to offer a platform with a winning vision for the future of Monongalia County. We’re grateful to have Amy White on our team. Bane’s 16-years on Morgantown City Council taught him that patience and persistence pays dividends. To serve our court and public for the next four-and-a-half years and beyond, Magistrate-elect Bane has the benefit of Mrs. White’s help and the key skills and the knowledge that comes with nearly two decades of prior public service,” said Nugent.
For more information about Vote Bane and Ron Bane for Magistrate visit https://ronbane.com/.