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Four vying for West Virginia’s 1st House district

October 23, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

Four will appear on the ballot for two seats representing West Virginia's 1st District in the House of Delegates in the upcoming election.

Incumbents Randy Swartzmiller and Ronnie Jones, both Democrats, are facing challenges from Carl Thompson and Justin Bull, both Republicans.

The 1st District represents the residents of Hancock County and a portion of Brooke County.

Swartzmiller was first elected to the House in 2000. He is a graduate of West Liberty State College and Mountain State University.

He is the assistant majority whip in the House and chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security.

He resides in Chester.

Thompson, of Weirton, has served as chair of the Brooke County Planning Commission, co-chair and founder of the Brooke County Fair, co-organizing member of the Brooke County Economic Development Authority, advisory member of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center and Hancock County Museum organizing committee, the Brooke County Historical Landmarks Commission and several other boards. He has served as a volunteer firefighter and is a member of the Weirton Steel 25-Year-Club.

He is a Brooke High graduate and attended West Liberty State College.

Jones, of Weirton, also represents Ward 1 on Weirton City Council and is a member of the Weirton Area Water Board, Planning Commission and Park Board. He also is active with the Boys and Girls Club of Weirton.

He is a graduate of Weir High School and retired from the Weirton Water Department. He was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2010.

A resident of Weirton, Bull has a background in emergency medical services, serving with the Weirton Area Ambulance and Rescue Squad Inc., Brooke County EMS and local fire departments over the years.

His previous political experience includes a run to represent the residents of Ward 5 on Weirton City Council.

The general election will take place Nov. 6.

 
 

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