Cabell County Magistrate candidate: Mike McCarthy

September 25, 2018

Mike McCarthy, candidate for Cabell County Magistrate

NAME: Michael J. McCarthy

CANDIDATE FOR: Cabell County Magistrate

PARTY: Nonpartisan

HOME CITY: Huntington


PERSONAL STATEMENT: Community is very important to me. I was appointed by the Cabell County Circuit Court in August of 2018 to fill a vacancy. I intend to serve the people of Cabell County to my best abilities. I am a lifelong resident of Cabell County. I attended St. Joseph High School and Marshall University. I served in the WVSP for 27 years and then 11 years on the WV parole board. I’ve spent my entire career serving the public and feel that continuing my tenure as Magistrate is the best way to serve the citizens of Cabell County.

AGE: 63

EDUCATION: St. Joseph High School, Marshall University BS in Criminal Justice.


OTHER WORK HISTORY: Retired Capt. WV State Police, 11 years WV Parole Board.

ENDORSEMENTS: Cabell Co. FOP Lodge 122.

FAMILY: wife, Janet; family, Justin, Sunny and Kylie Day.

1. What traits set you apart from the field of candidates and qualify you to be a magistrate?

I have nearly 40 years-experience in the criminal justice system. My state police career combined with 11 years on the WV Parole Board. The latter encompassing the decision to release or continue incarceration of convicted felons, revocations of those previously paroled and recommendation and submission of Executive Clemency applicants to the Governor of West Virginia.

2. What kinds of experience do you have with law enforcement or the law profession?

Retired Captain WV State Police with 27 years service. Previously appointed to Chief of the Executive Protection Unit with service under 5 West Virginia Governors. Prior duty stations include Ritchie County, Beckley Turnpike Division and Special Emphasis Patrol Charleston WV.

3. How would you make the office more efficient?

I have the unique position to see things first hand in the Magistrate court because I was appointed Magistrate in August of 2018 to fill a vacancy. I have seen how efficient the court actually runs with my recent time there. I would like to see more programs pertaining to the drug epidemic, which has plagued our community for years.

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