PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A 20-year veteran of the West Virginia House of Delegates said Friday he’s decided to retire at the end of the year.

Del. Tom Azinger, R-Wood, said he will not seek reelection in the 10th District. Azinger, 78, has served in the House since 1994. His son, Michael, has filed to run for one of the three seats in the district.

Former state Senator Frank Deem announced Friday he’ll also seek a House seat in the 10th District this year. Deem, 85, has been in and out of the House and state Senate since 1954.

Former Del. Larry Faircloth of Berkeley County told the Martinsburg Journal Friday he plans to seek a state Senate seat this year. Faircloth, a Republican, said he would file to run for office Monday. The seat is currently held by Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley.

The filing deadline for county and state seats is Saturday, Jan. 25.


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  • Frank / Moundsville

    Let the games begin...............

  • Howard

    Republicans talk about 80 years of Democratic control?!?!?!? With these guys running? Is this a joke?

    Father to son, past senator, past delegate, etc. republicans are all talk. Talk new but send old, talk jobs, send poisoned private company water.

    • TLC

      These people have nothing to do with water.
      After 80 years of the Democrats running this state into the ground, any of these people would be an improvement.

  • ron "from morgantown"

    85 is the new 65 ? Makes sense to me . Hey Ken Heckler got married for the first time last month and he's 98 . So why not ? Does the guy tweet ?

  • ron "from morgantown"

    Unger will obliterate Faircloth . Which brings me to a question about the East Panhandle . Shouldn't this part of WV be trending DEM instead of REP ? The growth in population is coming from N VA , and that's solid DEM country in VA . In fact it was the reason Va elected a DEM Gov. Why then is the East Panhandle trending REP when so many of the new people moving in are DEM ?

    • Wirerowe

      Jefferson county has changed from republican to neutral or slightly democratic because of the migration. Berkeley is bigger and I think pretty solid republican .

  • David Albright

    Tell me more about the Mountain Party........

    • Aaron

      The Mountain Party is the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, started by supporters of Charlotte Pritt after her failed election bid of 1992.

      Their platform is out there and Jesse Johnson, I perpetual candidate for office is a former B Actor who's made some pretty ludicrous comments. I'm not the least bit surprised that the gentleman has remained quiet regarding the Mountain Party.

  • Rodney Hytonen

    We should have an all- Mountain Party government.

    They're the ONLY party not owned by large energy corporations, the source of ALL WV's problems, and along with Wall Street (and for-profit health care,) the source of the country's problems.

    • Wirerowe

      Rodney you turn your normal logic around and be for the energy companies. You being for them would turn a number of people against them.

    • Aaron

      How do you input and pay for their party platform?

      Also, is Jesse Johnson involved? I have difficulty voting for someone with his inherent lack of knowledge on important issues as is illustrated by his public comments regarding coal mining and safety.

  • ShinnstonGuy

    No offense to Mr. Deem, but exactly what West Virginia doesn't need is to elect the "same old, same old." We need new ideas, regardless of party affiliation.

    • wvman75

      What West Virginia doesn't need is more democrats and Obamazombies in office.

      • Howard

        Obamazombies? What? You mean the kind that make all kinds of regulations that protect the environment?

        Give me a break. Not in WV. FREEDOM reigns...freedom to pollute our water and freedom to get away with it!!

        • mtmanstan

          And which agency was tasked to inspect but failed miserably? Ah yes the Obama EPA and WVDEP. Definately not conservative run organizations.