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State of West Virginia

Judicial Campaigns and Elections: West Virginia

Campaign Conduct

According to Canon 5 of West Virginia's code of judicial conduct, judicial candidates shall not:
  • Make pledges or promises of conduct in office other than the faithful and impartial performance of the duties of the office

  • Make statements that commit or appear to commit them with respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court.

  • Knowingly misrepresent the identity, qualifications, present position, or any other fact concerning themselves or an opponent.

  • Personally solicit or accept campaign contributions or personally solicit public support.

Candidates may establish campaign committees to solicit and accept reasonable campaign contributions, manage the expenditure of funds for the campaign, and obtain public statements of support.