Running 3rd party is a difficult task but Eugene Simmons proved it can be done in a local election. Now another person has filed for Commission from Greenbrier County. And two others, John Leyzorek and Johnny Pritt have filed for election to the Pocahontas County Commission and Assessor respectively. Both filed outside party lines.
This action follows a recent trend toward more Independent registration. Both the Rep and Demos are in decline locally with the number of Independents increasing.
Simmons won his race and is now the county Prosecuting Attorney.
Leyzorek is well known for his strong Constitutional stand particularly when it comes to private property rights.
He is president of the Pocahontas Concerned Citizens Association which was birthed in the 70's as a response to an attempt to zone Pocahontas County. The zoners failed and this group stands watch over future attempts to zone the county.
He is an ardent supporter of the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.
He has a 600 acre farm at Indian Draft and a houseful of children.
John is a blacksmith and reconstructs old farm machinery for owners.
He can be seen annually reading the Declaration of Independence at the Court house on the 4th of July.