HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Cabell County Delegate Kevin Craig won’t be seeking another term in the House of Delegates. The Democrat, first elected in 2000, said seven terms in office is enough.

He made his decision not to run in 2014 in the past couple of weeks after some soul-searching.

“It really came down to our children,” explained Craig. “Our daughter just started high school and our son is in middle school. I think it’s a good time to make sure I’m focused on our family and our children.”

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Del. Kevin Craig, D-Cabell

He said giving up his seat, which covers parts of Cabell and Lincoln counties, wasn’t an easy decision.

“I found serving in the Legislature one of the most rewarding and interesting things I’ve been involved in,” said Craig. “I think I’ll miss the people the most.”

The 45-year-old said he’s seen a lot in his 13 sessions but there are several key votes he’s most proud of.

“I can really go back to almost the very beginning when we completed medical malpractice reform that diverted a real medical crisis in our state. And then moving towards the actual privatization of workers compensation,” according to Craig.

He adds the cutting the B&O tax and state food tax while maintaining a balanced budget as other highlights.

As for a future down the road in politics, Craig said he’s not sure. But he does guarantee he will remain active in the community.

“I want to stay involved but a little closer to home at this point.”

Craig serves as Vice Chair of the Committee on Small Business and Economic Development in the House.

Del. Craig enjoyed overwhelming success in his reelection bids and his decision to leave puts another seat up for grabs in the House where the Democrats now hold a slim 54-46 edge in delegates over Republicans.

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Comments

  • CaptainQ

    Kudos to Kevin Craig for imposing a self 'term limit' on his tenure.

    It would be great if our entire state imposed real term limits on ALL of our elected lawmakers, not just the Governor and County Sheriffs.

  • Jim Donnan

    Another pro-coal American realizes he has no home in the Democrat Caucus of the WV Legislature. Would love to welcome him back in a few years in the GOP.

    • JohnR

      And what are you smoking??