Allen Loughry merits applause for his decision to seek public financing in his campaign for election to West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals.
I have served for years with the citizens’ group that supports public financing of elections in West Virginia. This particular election for the Supreme Court represented the first breakthrough.
There are probably other, and perhaps better, ways to finance political campaigns, but most agree the current system needs to be changed.
Our own judicial elections where lawyers represent the bulk of the financing create blatant conflicts of interest when lawyers appear before the very judges they financially support.