U.S. Census Bureau data shows that the average age in the Mountain State is 41.3, higher than the national average of 37. Furthermore, the state saw a two percent drop in population between 2010 and 2017. This included young adults seeking opportunities in other states.
Despite this and partly because of this, some youth decided to stay and have entered the realm of state politics. One of them is Putnam County Delegate Joshua Higginbotham. Representing West Virginia’s 13th District, he was first elected in 2016 at the age of 18.
Among contested House of Delegate primaries of local interest Tuesday, Dean Jeffries and David “Woody” Holmes won nominations for seats held by two long-serving delegates in the House.
In the 39th District, a Republican stronghold seat held for years by Delegate Ron Walters, R-Kanawha, until his sudden, forced resignation in March, David “Woody” Holmes prevailed in the Democrat primary, in what he hopes will be the first step in an effort to “flip” the longtime GOP seat.
There are some political newcomers who have advanced to the November General Election in state Senate races including a 30-year pastor and a community and economic development professional.
Dr. Rollan Roberts defeated Raleigh County Senator Lynne Arvon in Tuesday’s Republican primary in the 9th Senatorial District. Roberts is the longtime pastor at Victory Baptist Church in Beaver. He placed his name in the running when Gov. Jim Justice was looking for a quick replacement for now former Senator Jeff Mullins at the beginning of the last legislative session. Arvon was appointed. Roberts then decided to run against her.
Gov. Jim Justice said he still plans to call the Legislature in for a special session this month, dealing with his plans for a revamped state arts department as well as West Virginia’s sports betting law.
Representatives of West Virginia’s casinos and professional sports leagues – along with officials from West Virginia and Marshall universities – gathered at state Lottery headquarters for a closed-door meeting to talk about sports gaming.
The Higher Education Policy Committee board took about 2 minutes Monday to vote to add four more members to a search committee for a new chancellor.
Two are from the panhandles, one from Morgantown, one Glenville State College “Alumnus of the Year” and all are relatively well-known West Virginia education names: Bruce Berry, Sandra Chapman, Mary J.C. Hendrix and Gary Ray.
With one exception, top executives with drug companies accused of flooding West Virginia with prescription painkillers told a congressional panel Tuesday that their shipping practices did not contribute to the opioid epidemic.
Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., who heads a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee investigating massive shipments of opioid drugs to small-town pharmacies, called on the CEOs of the nation’s largest distributors to say whether they believed their firms paved the way for the deadliest drug crisis in U.S. history.
BOSTON, Mass. — Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is representing his city in Boston this week for a meeting with five other cities impacted by the opioid epidemic.
“The intent is for city leaders to come together with their teams to address how we might be able to align our resources to fight the opioid epidemic. We’re going to learn from one another,” Williams told MetroNews in a phone interview Wednesday.
Rumble strips have been installed outside the Interstate 64 highway work zone between Cabell and Putnam counties as part of a continued safety effort to slow motorists down, state officials announced Monday.