Arguments set on West Virginia Supreme Court seats

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Arguments are set before the West Virginia Supreme Court in challenges to the eligibilities of a congressman and a former House of Delegates speaker to serve on the court.

Separate petitions are scheduled to be heard Monday in Charleston.

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and ex-House speaker Tim Armstead are Republicans who were appointed by GOP Gov. Jim Justice last month to serve on the court until the Nov. 6 special election.

Petitioners William Schwartz and Wayne King each want to remove Jenkins from the ballot. Schwartz also wants to stop Jenkins and Armstead from temporarily serving on the court.

Jenkins is seeking to serve the remainder of retired Justice Robin Davis’ term through 2024, while Armstead hopes to finish the term of retired Justice Menis Ketchum through 2020. Both Davis and Ketchum were elected as Democrats.

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