The Association of Counties opted for across-the-board raises because they would bring the salaries of officials in smaller counties more in line with their peers in larger counties, Hamilton said.
"Officials in smaller counties make less money so a percentage would give them a smaller raise," she said.
Hamilton said the money would come strictly from county budgets and no state funds would be involved.
"We're hopeful this will pass," she said.
However, during the debate earlier this session over magistrate pay raises, Senate Finance Chairman Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, said, "I don't think there's any appetite for salary increases this year."
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper will support pay raises for what he called "full-time" elected officials. This would include the sheriff, the prosecuting attorney, the circuit and county clerks, as well as the assessor.
"The elected officials in this county haven't seen a pay raise in seven years," Carper said.
However, like Kessler, Carper thinks a pay raise bill would have a rough time making it through the Legislature this year.
"It's awfully easy for folks with the state to say no when it doesn't affect them personally," Carper said. "Especially when it's politically popular."
However, Carper emphasized he would not support a bill that granted pay raises to county commissioners.
"I haven't lobbied for a pay raise the whole time I've been here and I'm not going to start now," he said.
Kanawha County's three commissioners make $36,960 per year, according to figures available on the Kanawha County website.
Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants makes the most of any elected official in the county at $96,600 a year.
Circuit Clerk Cathy Gatson makes $55,400 a year, as does County Clerk Vera McCormick.
Sheriff Johnny Rutherford is paid a base salary of $44,880 a year but also receives up to $15,000 in commission for collecting 90 percent of the taxes due to the county.
Assessor Sallie Robinson will draw a base salary of $44,880 and commission of about $15,000 a year if her office meets several standards set forth in state code.
She also receives 10 percent commission on county dog tax collections.
Former assessor Phyllis Gatson made $69,297 a year as of Dec. 31.