On the 14th day of January, 2016, Judge Richard “Rick” Facemire filed his candidacy for re-election as Circuit Court Judge for the 14th Judicial Circuit consisting of the counties of Braxton, Clay, Gilmer, and Webster. He stated that he was honored to have the privilege of serving the citizens of the 14th Judicial Circuit as their Circuit Court Judge for the past 15 years and hopes that the voters of the 14th Judicial Circuit will again place their confidence in him and re-elect him to another term. The Judge stated that he has always tried to be fair and impartial in all of his rulings and to treat every individual equally before the Court. He states that a Circuit Court Judge’s duties involve many types of cases including medical malpractice, automobile accidents, private lawsuits, as well as criminal and abuse and neglect cases. He stated that “when I was first elected as your Judge I committed to be fair but firm and I believe that I have fulfilled that commitment and want the opportunity to continue to do so.”
Judge Facemire is a native of Braxton County where he was born, raised and attended public schools there graduating from Braxton County High School in 1974. After graduating from law school he served as a lawyer with the United States Bankruptcy Court in Wheeling, WV and thereafter served as a lawyer with the United States District Court (Federal Court) for both the Northern and Southern Districts of WV. Later, he became Assistant Attorney General for the State of WV. He has also served two terms as the Prosecuting Attorney of Clay County as well as an Attorney for the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement and being in private practice of law.
He and his wife, Patricia Facemire, who is a counselor at the Braxton County Middle School, and their three children reside in Gassaway, WV.
The judge indicated that he was honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to serve as your Circuit Court Judge for the past 15 years and he looks forward to continuing to serve the citizens of the 14th Judicial Circuit. While Judge Facemire is unopposed in his reelection bid he did indicate that he would be out on the campaign trail speaking to the citizens of the 14th Judicial Circuit. Judge Facemire commented that he “hoped that citizens would register to vote and go and exercise their right and privilege to vote for each and every citizen of the 14th Judicial Circuit.” The Judge further went on to say that he would appreciate your vote and support.