NEW CUMBERLAND — A longtime civil servant takes on a political newcomer in the race to become the next Hancock County Circuit Court clerk in the upcoming May 10 primary election.
Sandy Casto of New Cumberland, who was named to the position in December following the death of former circuit clerk Chuck Wright, is seeking the position for a full term, being challenged by Fred Marello Jr. of Weirton.
Both candidates are Republicans and there is no Democrat on the ballot.
Casto notes his experience in office asking for voter support.
“I worked in the office of the constituency clerk for 33 years, the last three years as deputy leader”, she says. “I have the knowledge and experience to run the office.”
Marello, meanwhile, points to his management background in the automotive industry in which he has 35 years of experience.
“A vote for me is a vote for a compliant, reliable, efficient and user-friendly clerk’s office. I have people management, problem solving and a highly technical background to provide a better experience for our community,” he said.
Casto said if elected, she plans to continue the office’s good working relationship with local attorneys and judges, as well as move forward with ongoing efforts to digitize the county’s older records. . Marello also plans to work with staff, judges and lawyers to identify where improvements may be needed and to renew the spirit of service within the office by “to be a friendly face and promote pride in our work.”
Regarding cybersecurity concerns, Marello said training and consistency are key, and that he will monitor risks reported by the Department of Homeland Security and maintain all recommended training.
Casto explained that all court system cybersecurity issues are overseen by staff at the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
Marello, who moved to Hancock County four years ago with his wife, Hancock County Commissioner Eron Chek, said he fell in love with the area’s industrial history and people because it reminded him of his hometown in Connecticut, but was surprised to see negative attitudes. among many residents.
“I was shocked to see that so many people have a negative attitude towards the region. I think our biggest problems come from negativity. I’m also guilty sometimes, but I really try to convey my new perspective and my love of this field in hopes of creating more positive reactions,” he said.
Casto, who has three children, John Manos, Jamie Manos and Alice Duffy, and five grandchildren, said she felt the region faced a lack of industry and jobs.
“I think the region lacks industry and I hope that in the near future we will see some economic development so that our children can stay in the region,” she says.
The Hancock County Circuit Court Clerk is responsible for overseeing all Hancock County Circuit Court and Family Court matters, including divorces, child support orders, civil complaints, criminal complaints , adoptions, name changes, passports and guardianship and paternity proceedings.