90-Year-Old Running for W.Va. Executive Office

"Very few people seem to be upset about his age," Stirewalt said. "But the concept of somebody running for the state's chief elections officer and spending a million dollars on an office that pays considerably less? I think people have some concern as to why somebody would go to such lengths to do it."

Up for the Job?

West Virginians seem split on whether Hechler is up for the job.

"I don't think people should be limited by age in being able to function in whatever capacity," said Miriam Conroy, who notes that she'll soon be a senior herself. "As long as they're capable, I think they should be allowed to serve."

"It's a little bit unusual to be about 90 years old and running for office," said David Moye, who is in his late 70s. But, he adds, "we can't condemn someone because they're old and in fairly good health. That would be wrong."

"I think he's a little elderly," said Jane Merritt, who is in her mid-60s. "I think it's time for him to retire and go home."

Hechler plans to do anything but. And if he wins the election, he'll be 94 when his term ends.

"One of the state senators told me the other day that he wanted very much to run for secretary of state," Heckler chuckled. "And he's gonna support me because he knows I won't be there forever."

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