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West Virginia experienced a number of newsworthy judicial elections over the last decade, including in 2004, when a group called And for the Sake of the Kids spent more than $3 million to defeat an incumbent Justice, Warren McGraw, and to elect his challenger, Brent D. Benjamin. Spending in that election ultimately led to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court judicial recusal decision in Caperton v. Massey when Justice Benjamin later refused to recuse himself from a case involving the primary contributor to And for the Sake of the Kids. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Justice Benjamin should have disqualified himself.
In 2012, two seats were in play—that of Chief Justice Robin Jean Davis, who was seeking re-election, and the seat previously held by Thomas McHugh, who did not seek re-election. Eight candidates competed in the May 8th primary, and two Republicans – Allen Loughry and John Yoder – and two Democrats – Letitia “Tish” Chafin and incumbent Justice Robin Jean Davis – faced off in the general election on November 6th for the two open seats. Of the four candidates, the two who received the highest number of votes would fill the two open positions.
Allen Loughry and incumbent Justice Robin Davis won the two open seats.
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October 26, 2012– Our Court
An ad by Allen Loughry say the court should “not [be] a court bought by corporation or wealthy lawyers.”
October 21, 2012– Crystal Clear
Tish Chafin says, “I’ll make sure nothing comes between you and a clear path to justice.”
October 17, 2012– Our Families
An ad sponsored by the campaign of Robin Davis focusing on keeping kids safe.
October 17, 2012– General Allen Thackett
An ad sponsored by the campaign of Robin Davis featuring General Allen Thackett and discussing her credentials. She says, “I don’t just talk, I lead.”
October 10, 2012– Justus
An ad sponsored by the campaign of Allen Loughry featuring his son.
Seotember 26, 2012– Law and Free
An ad sponsored by the campaign of Allen Loughry talking about his history, family, and credentials.
September 24, 2012– State Bar President
An ad sponsored by the campaign of Letitia “Tish” Chafin discussing her experience as State Bar President..
April 24, 2012– Verdict
An ad sponsored by the campaign of Robin Davis says she is the only choice for Supreme Court who is endorsed by labor and by business.
April 28, 2012 – Endorse
An ad by Tish Chafin saying she is endorsed by the Charleston Gazette, the AFL-CIO, mine workers, teachers, and law enforcement.
April 23, 2012– First TV Ad
An ad sponsored by Judge Jim Row’s campaign says he’s not a great actor, but he will make a great Supreme Court Justice.
April 17, 2012– CEO of Massey
Tish Chafin says she plans to restore public confidence in the court system.
April 10, 2012– Who is Best
An ad sponsored by Louis Palmer’s campaign says he understands the law.
April 3, 2012– Balanced
An ad sponsored by Tish Chafin’s campaign says she will fight for a Supreme Court that’s balanced.
April 2, 2012– Child Safety
Robin Davis says she is leading the fight to lower truancy.
March 28, 2012– Law Enforcement Rev
Justice Davis’ campaign says, “Every West Virginia law enforcement association has endorsed Robin Davis for re-election.”
March 27, 2012– Law Enforcement
Justice Davis’ campaign says every West Virginia law enforcement association has endorsed her for re-election.
January 3, 2012– General Tackett
General Tackett says Chief Justice Robin Davis has dedicated her life to the state and country.
December, 2011 – Happy Holidays
Justice Robin Davis wishes West Virginians a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday.
December, 2011 – Happy Holidays Rev
Justice Davis says she feels blessed to be a native of West Virginia.
Kyla Asbury, Supreme Court candidates discuss issues at forum, The Record, February 29, 2012