Justice appoints a new delegate to Kanawha; Democrats nominate candidate in another race in Kanawha

Charleston’s Andrew Anderson was nominated to a seat in the House of Delegates that opened up after Larry Pack, a Republican, resigned to become senior adviser to Governor Jim Justice.

Anderson will serve the remainder of the term representing Kanawha County’s 35th District. He also intends to run for the seat this fall.

“Andrew is a rising star with real business experience who wants to continue to build on the progress we’ve made in making West Virginia the best place to live and raise a family,” Justice said in an announcement regarding the appointment. .

Anderson is a Business Development Officer for Cooperative Business Services. He and his wife, Kristin, are parents of four children.

Before Pack resigned to work for the governor, he ran against fellow delegate Kayla Young, D-Kanawha, a matchup that resulted from a redistricting.

Anderson was today filing his candidacy for the seat in the November ballot.

Earlier this week, Democrats announced a new candidate to run for another seat representing Kanawha County.

wayne crozier

Wayne Crozier, pastor of Abundant Life Ministries in Charleston, is now running in place of delegate Jim Barach, who announced last month that he was leaving. Barach said he intended to serve out the rest of his term but would give up his place on the ballot.

This seat represents the 53rd delegated district. The Republican in the race is incumbent Chris Pritt.

“We chose Wayne Crozier because he is well known in this area for his commitment to serving and helping others,” said Kanawha County Democratic Executive Committee Chair Elaine Harris. “His ministry crosses a multitude of economic, racial and generational boundaries to improve the lives of thousands of people.”

Barach, who won the Democratic primary in May, announced this summer that he would not contest the general election. The county’s Democratic Executive Committee is responsible for choosing a replacement.

“A lot of my duties as a delegate would be a very natural extension of my life’s work as a minister, so I feel very well prepared to take on this new role,” Crozier said.

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