Dean Jeffries (R), an insurance agent and small business owner from Elkview, has won his second term for the 40th District of the House of Delegates, which comprises parts of Kanawha County.
Jeffries was first appointed to District 40 by Gov. Jim Justice in September of 2018, after it was vacated by Tim Armstead, who resigned to run in a special election for the state Supreme Court. Jeffries was then elected to the House in Nov. 2018, defeating Melissa Riggs Huffman (D) by a margin of 30.2 percent.
Jeffries is the Assistant Majority Whip and is also the Committee of Flooding Co-Chair.
Jeffries expressed excitement for his upcoming term and hopes to accomplish much, specifically in regard to natural disasters and catastrophes.
“I always have interest for my community and my district. We are recovering from a flood that happened in 2016 that devastated our community. We are recovering but there is still a lot to do. We are having meetings and looking at legislature to find ways to better what we are doing and how we can handle mitigation for future catastrophes.”
As for running unopposed, Jeffries told Lootpress that he has never been busier, expressing that having no opponent is no excuse to stop working.
“This is one of those things that you appreciate it and keep working hard to serve the community. I have been busier this term than my first year not running a campaign. It’s very humbling, to say the least, to run unopposed…I am very honored to do so. I felt as if the community and my district had confidence in me and trusted me to do what is right.”