For those who have considered throwing their proverbial hat into the ring and making a run for office in either the West Virginia State Senate or the West Virginia House of Delegates, now is the time to file the official candidate Certificate of Announcement for 2022 elections with the Secretary of State’s office.
According to information provided in the West Virginia Secretary of State’s “2022 Running For Office Guide,” 17 of the state’s 34 Senate seats are up for election. This includes that of West Virginia Senate Minority Leader Stephen Baldwin (D), who represents Senate District 10.
Following the redistricting process in 2021, Senate District 10 now includes all of Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas and Summers counties and a portion of eastern Fayette County.
Those who have already filed their pre-candidacy intent to run, or certificate of announcement, for this four-year term District 10 seat include incumbent Baldwin (Ronceverte), Republican Vincent Scott Deeds (Renick), Libertarian Jonathon Fain (Alderson), Republican Harry Lee Forbes (Forest Hill), and Republican Thomas Perkins (Frankford), according to candidate filings with the Secretary of State’s office.
As for those interested in one of the newly formed 100 single-member Delegate District seats in the West Virginia House of Delegates, every two-year term seat will be on the ballot in 2022.
This includes District 46, which contains the portion of Greenbrier County east of the Route 219 corridor and a portion of southern Pocahontas County; District 47, which includes the portion of Greenbrier County west of the Route 219 corridor and a small portion of Monroe County; and District 48, which includes only a small portion of Greenbrier County down the Route 20 corridor to Quinwood.
Republican Mike Honaker (Lewisburg), recently appointed to his seat following the resignation of Barry Bruce, has filed his intent to run for a full-term for District 46.
Republican Todd Longanacre (Alderson) has also filed his intent to keep his House of Delegates Seat. He has registered to represent District 47.
The last day to file the candidate certificate of announcement is at midnight on January 29.
The West Virginia Daily News will provide updates on candidate filings as they become available.
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