Democrats without a candidate in 29th

The winner of the Republican primary in the House of Delegates 29th District will likely face no opposition in the November General Election now that a paperwork mistake has snuffed out the campaign plans of the lone Democrat who had been preparing to run.

Molly Snyder, Warren County Democratic Committee chairwoman, said the party was left without a candidate when Kristine Stubbs, a Valley Health employee who had signaled her intention to run, failed to obtain proper signatures for a form required by state law.

The form, known as a declaration of candidacy, must be stamped by a notary or signed by two witnesses registered and qualified to vote in the district where the candidate is running.

Snyder said the address for one witness on the form didn’t match the address in the voter file and the second signature came from someone who lives outside the district.

Snyder, who is also chairwoman of the Democrats’ 29th District nominating committee, said the deadline for filing the declaration of candidacy was May 30.

“We do not have a candidate,” Snyder said.

A phone message left for Shaun Broy, a spokesman for Stubbs, was not returned.

Snyder said the failure of the Democrats to field a candidate left her considering whether to vote in the Republican primary, which is open to non-Republicans.

“I am disappointed we don’t have a candidate,” Snyder said. “I do find it unfortunate when someone on the Republican or Democratic side runs unopposed because I don’t think that makes for a good candidate.”

An independent candidate could still register to run by filing the necessary paperwork by 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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