By Ron Gregory and Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON — Members of the Mingo County Democrat Executive Committee will hold their organizational meeting at 11 a.m., Thursday at Chafin Law Offices in Williamson.
According to state party rules, members of the executive committee are elected every four years. The new membership was elected in the May 13 primary. Party rules require the sitting chairman, in this case Dick White, to call an organizational meeting by July 31. However, party rules also permit 40 percent of the committee to call a meeting themselves. In a letter issued Wednesday, seven of the 14 committee members called the special meeting.
It is not known if White will preside.
Coincidentally, two new elected officials will take their official oath of office during a ceremonial swearing-in beginning at noon Thursday at the Mingo County Courthouse.
At that time, Miki Thompson, who has been serving as circuit judge for the last month after a private swearing-in, will host a celebration reception after she is publicly administered the oath of office by Senior Status Judge John Cummings, who was assigned to Mingo County following the resignation of Michael Thornsbury. Thompson was appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to the position vacated by Thornsbury, who is a convicted felon. Thompson was victorious in the May Democrat primary and will be a candidate in November for election to Thornsbury’s unexpired term.
Thompson has also agreed to swear in Jim Harvey as the new county magistrate on Thursday. Harvey was the top vote-getter in the Democrat primary and was selected to fill that vacancy until the November election, in which he also will be a candidate.
The public is welcome to attend the ceremony Thursday at noon, with a special invitation from the new judge to take a few moments out of the day to stop by and say hello. Thompson told the Daily News that Thursday will mark a new day for the residents of Mingo County and thanks the voters again for their confidence and faith in her abilities to serve them in a fair, impartial and just manner.
“I am humbled, yet honored, to be in this position, and will do my job each and every day with the safety and welfare of each person that calls Mingo County home as my top priority,” Thompson said. “That’s exactly what they deserve.”