RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – For the first time in almost 100 years, Raleigh County has elected all Republicans to the West Virginia legislature. 1924 was the last time that Raleigh County had all elected Republicans in the legislature. With the election of Todd Kirby to the House 44th seat, Raleigh County is now represented by all Republicans. Senators for the 9th District are Republicans Rollan Roberts and Bugs Stover, and Delegates for Raleigh County are Republicans Jordan Maynor in the 41st, Brandon Steele in the 42nd, Chris Toney in the 43rd, Todd Kirby in the 44th, and Eric Brooks in the 45th. Further, following the defeat of Democrat Paul Flanagan by Republican Bob McComas in the Raleigh County Circuit Clerk race, all elected partisan officials in Raleigh County will be Republicans.
Lootpress spoke with Delegate Brandon Steele concerning the implications of this achievement by the Republican party. Steele said, “The People of Southern West Virginia have suffered under Democrat rule for far too long. By and large, the values and policies of the Democrat party are not reflective of the citizens of West Virginia. The anti-coal, anti-business, and liberal social policies of the Democrat party have driven the population of West Virginia away from the Democrat party. The People of West Virginia have not changed, but the Democrat party has changed significantly.” Steele added that “West Virginia Republicans are going to continue to enact sound policy that advances the economy and people of West Virginia as we strive to make West Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”
The elected Senators and Delegates will take office on or after December 1, 2022, and will begin the 2023 legislative session on January 11, 2023.