CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Kanawha County delegate says she will not run for reelection.
Del. Suzette Raines (R-Kanawha)

Del. Suzette Raines (R-Kanawha, 35) cited “personal reasons” in her announcement Thursday about her plans to withdrawal her name from the ballot for the Nov. 4 General Election.

The decision comes weeks after the Democratic Executive Committee filed a complaint against Raines claiming she had lied about where she lives.  She was also accused of not filing the paperwork required of candidates by set deadlines.

Raines has said Democrats are waging an “ugly political battle” against her.

Last week, Raines’ landlords filed a lawsuit in attempt to evict her from a Charleston home, though she denied their allegations.

Raines was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2012.  At one point, the Belle native had considered running for the state Senate and for the U.S. House of Representatives before deciding to again run for a seat in the state House.

She received more than 21 percent of the vote in the May Primary Election.

Raines does plan to serve out the remainder of her term.

According to the Secretary of State’s office, Raines had not yet officially withdrawn from the race as of early Thursday afternoon.

State election officials said there is no automatic trigger to replace a candidate. If Raines does officially withdrawal, she or the Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee must get permission from the five-member state Election Commission to replace her on the ballot.

That Commission would permit a replacement only if it determines there are circumstances that prevent the candidate from serving, if elected. If not, the spot on the ballot will be left vacant.

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  • Dumb Liberals

    Her lie cost the GOP that seat and some credibility. She should be ostracized and alienated for her stupidity. So far as I am concerned, a criminal investigation should be initiated and charges levied, no different than any politician of any party, if the charges are substantiated.

  • beulah

    poor little thing... what a tangled web we weave when we first practice to deceive.

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  • Monty Burns

    Now go after Truman Chaffin. He does not live in his district. Hypocrites!

  • dumb conservatives

    she lied she lied and she was caught
    neo cons believe they are ABOVE the law. they claim to be against frivolous lawsuits but love to file! this little cookie lied! simply put. but I am sure God told her to do it.

    • JustaFan

      Yea, those dang Republicans who think they are above the law have just made a mess of the "election" process in southern WV. I mean, who do they think they are--voting for dead people, buying and selling votes? Oh, wait.

      Corruption exists in both parties.

  • Dumb Liberals

    That would be the liberal, democrat, (d), socialist leaning state Election Commission.

    She lied, she died. Shame on her.

  • Rob C.

    I get FOIA's on Democrats all the time but with all my hard work, all it's given the GOP are our candidates breaking the law and a canceled "Victory Dinner".

    Rob C.

  • liberty4all

    I suspect her personal reasons have a lot to do with the validity of the suit which was filed against her. I would even go further and suspect she may have made certain statements under penalty of perjury which were false and her withdraw is an attempt to avoid bigger problems which that would have caused. Hopefully Mr. Lucas, who assured us of the frivolous nature of the suits, will be on Hoppy to explain. While I hate the world of "gotcha" politics, the law is the law, and I hate hypocrisy even more.