Putnam County Clerk Brian Wood has announced that he is likely to seek candidacy for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State in 2024. Wood made the announcement on radio station WCHS in Charleston on Thursday, December 1.
Wood said his decision depends on what current Secretary of State Mac Warner plans to do. Warner announced on November 29 that he is “giving every consideration” to running for governor in 2024.
Wood has served as Putnam County Clerk since January of 2004 and was reelected to a fourth six-year term in the November General Election. Wood will be running on his record of service to the county and service to all county clerks in the State in his capacity as the head of County Clerks Association.
Wood is well versed on the operation of the Secretary of State’s office. The Secretary of State is tasked with numerous filings and charged with overseeing elections. As Putnam Clerk, he has 26 elections under his belt and 25 years of clean audits with no critical findings.
Wood said that he has received positive feedback from county clerks throughout the State since making his intentions known.