City of Morgantown 2024 Municipal Election ballot set

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  The City of Morgantown now has its full list of candidates running for Morgantown City Council in the 2024 municipal election.

A list released by Morgantown City Clerk Christine Wade as part of the candidate poll placement ceremony unveiled two candidates who will compete for spots on council in three wards and one who is unopposed. Wards 1, 5, and 7 will each have two candidates running, and Ward 3 will have one candidate after petitions are received by the City Clerk’s Office.

“This election will determine city council representatives for One, Three, Five, and Seven; all registered voters within the city limits are encouraged to cast their votes,” said Wade.

Candidates will be presented in the following order on the ballot: Ward One will have current councilor M. Joe Abu-Ghanham and Morgantown businessman James Giuliani on the ballot. Ward Five will have current Morgantown Deputy Mayor Danielle Trumble and author Marley Ynigues. Ward Seven’s ballot will include current Morgantown City Councilor Brian Butcher and Ben Mayle. Ward Three will have a former business owner and WVU Police non-certified campus safety officer, Louise “Weez” Michael, who will run unopposed.

“The order in which they are drawn is the order in which they will be listed on the ballot; as a reminder, all write-in candidates are not listed on the ballot; there will be one ward in which candidates will be unopposed,” said Wade.

The deadline to register to vote is April 4. Early voting will take place at the Historic Train Depot at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park from April 12 until April 22. Election Day is April 25, and the polls will open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The City of Morgantown has recommended that residents double-check with the county clerk’s office to see if they’re eligible to vote.

“We encouraged all residents to get out and vote and make their voice heard,” said Wade. “For more information about the 2023 municipal election, including a list of the candidates, visit,” she said.