April 17, 2020
West Virginia Supreme Court candidate campaigns with cloth masks
PARKERSBURG — A candidate for the West Virginia Supreme Court said he’s trying to help out while still getting his name out on a restricted campaign trail.
Charleston attorney William Schwartz is running against incumbent Justice John Hutchison and 5th Judicial Circuit Judge Lora Dyer — whose circuit includes Calhoun, Jackson and Roane counties — to complete the remaining four years of an unexpired term. But with people prohibited from gathering in groups and instructed to stay at least six feet apart to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, going out and shaking hands with voters is not an option.
March 20, 2020
Read Bill's Op-Ed in the Herald-Dispatch
In 2018 our Supreme Court and our state faced a real constitutional crisis. $32,000 couches and over $3 million office renovations for justices outraged taxpayers — including me.
March 3, 2020
Charleston lawyer aims to bring integrity to W.Va. Supreme Court
MARTINSBURG — A Charleston lawyer said it is his goal to bring honesty, transparency and respect back to the West Virginia Supreme Court if elected as justice.
October 30, 2018
Supreme Court candidate Schwartz aims to be predictable, respect taxpayer money
State Supreme Court
By Kyla Asbury
CHARLESTON — West Virginia Supreme Court candidate Bill Schwartz wants to make ensure the court is predictable and respects taxpayer money.
Schwartz, a trial lawyer with Harvit & Schwartz, said his campaign is going well, but he finds it somewhat difficult not to be critical of the legislature or of the court.
"People are constantly mentioning to me that they feel the West Virginia government is tearing itself apart," Schwartz said in an interview with The West Virginia Record. "As a candidate, I can’t really respond to that because there may be something that comes up in the future that I have to decide upon"
April 7, 2020
Schwartz donates cloth masks to health care workers at St. Mary's Medical Center
By Chris Dickerson
HUNTINGTON – Bill Schwartz wanted to find a way to help during this Coronavirus pandemic, but he wasn’t exactly sure how.
Then, the Charleston attorney and state Supreme Court candidate saw a news story about seamstresses in New York making reusable cloth masks for health care workers.
He has friends in the health care industry who said such help would be greatly appreciated.
March 24, 2020
Schwartz wants Supreme Court to be fair, predictable
Campaigns & Elections
By Kayla Asbury
CHARLESTON — West Virginia Supreme Court candidate Bill Schwartz wants to ensure the court fair and predictable.
Bill Schwartz has been a trial attorney for more than 30 years and said he would bring a new perspective to the court.
October 30, 2018
Schwartz seeks seat on high court
MARTINSBURG — Charleston Attorney William “Bill” Schwartz said he thinks he can help the West Virginia state Supreme Court of Appeals to be trusted again by Mountain State voters.
A partner with Charleston-based Harvit and Schwartz, Schwartz is one of the 20 judicial candidates vying for one of the two open state Supreme Court seats in the Nov. 6 election. Schwartz is running for the Division 2 seat.
Schwartz, who has practiced law in West Virginia for 30 years, said his top priority will be to fix the state court system’s money management, which he blames for the profligate spending by the court’s justices.
“Nobody defends the justices spending taxpayer’s money like it’s their own,”Schwartz said during a recent visit to the Eastern Panhandle. “It was like a free for all — like drunken sailors spending taxpayers’ money on an office that costs more than most people will spend on a house.”