ELKINS - A former Elkins City Council member is challenging two incumbents in the West Virginia House of Delegates race in the May 13 primary election.
Delegate William Hartman, D-Randolph; Delegate Denise Campbell, D-Randolph; and Charles Kinnison, a Republican, filed with the Secretary of State's office this week to be placed on the primary ballot for District 43.
Hartman said he is very excited about the issues coming up before the legislature in the next three to four years.
"I want to be a part of that," Hartman said. "I want to continue to serve the people of the 43rd District and help improve the business climate of West Virginia. We have some challenges, and need to address those."
Hartman said it has been an honor and a pleasure to serve folks in Randolph and Pocahontas counties. He serves as co-chairman of the Small Business Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Committee and as vice chairman of the Insurance Committee. He is a member of the Government Organization and Political Subdivisions Committees.
Campbell said the main reason she wants to continue as a delegate is to try to do good things for the citizens of Randolph and Pocahontas counties.
"I have a desire to make things better," Campbell said. "This would give me the opportunity to make a positive difference in people's lives. I want to dig in and get to work because I know how things work."
Campbell said she has gotten to know other members of the legislature while serving her first term.
"I am appreciative that the citizens have given me the opportunity and the support over the past years," Campbell said. "I have tried to be available to all constituents. Every issue has two sides. There are pros and cons with each decision."
Campbell said she feels rural West Virginia needs a voice and she wants to continue to be that voice. She serves as vice chairperson of the Banking Committee and sits on the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Education, Health and Human Resources, Select Committee on Crimes Against Children and Senior Citizen Issues committees.
She was also selected to head the 2014 Committee of Escort.
Kinnison, a health educator with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, said he is excited for the prospect to serve residents at the state level.
"I have a heart to represent the 43rd District and the citizens of Pocahontas and Randolph counties," Kinnison said. "I have lots of family and friends in both counties who have supported me and encouraged me to run for delegate. I want to represent them."
Kinnison has lived in Randolph County for 11 years. He was raised in Pocahontas County and graduated from Pocahontas County High School.
"I was appointed to represent the First Ward on the Elkins City Council," Kinnison said. He served from 2011 to 2013. "I also was appointed by the City of Elkins to the Randolph County Board of Health."
Kinnison considers himself to be in a unique position because he has lived in both counties.
"I grew up outside of Hillsboro, and am well-rounded because I have lived in both a rural area and a more populated area of the state," Kinnison said.
Kinnison said he looks forward to the continued support of the public as he works to serve the people of the 43rd District.
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