CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee have started taking steps to possibly name a replacement for Delegate Suzette Raines (R-Kanawha, 35) who announced, earlier this week, she will not be seeking reelection in November.

Raines cited “personal reasons” for her decision to remove her name from the general election ballot.

On Friday morning, those with the Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee met to talk about what’s next.

“We’re just going through the process required by the state to wait for Ms. Raines to file her resignation or her withdrawal and, at that point, we’ll hopefully get an opportunity to replace her on the ballot,” said Fred Joseph, chairman of the Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee.

Joseph said a “large” group of potential replacements have shown an interest in running to represent Kanawha County’s 35th District. A new candidate, Joseph said. will have to be named before Aug. 18.

According to the Secretary of State’s Office, once Raines withdraws, 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.

Last month, 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, who was first elected in 2012, has said Democrats are waging an “ugly political battle” against her and Joseph told MetroNews he agrees with Raines. “It’s just a negative way of attacking a public representative through the court process as opposed to the voting process,” Joseph said.

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

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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  • Mark

    Raines failed to return calls and emails. She ignored constituents. The GOP needs to nominate someone who practices public service and truly represents people.

  • Silas Lynch

    Will the republicans be able to find a candidate attractive enough to run in her place--- literally ;)

    • Dumb Liberals

      "Beauty is only skin deep", but her stupidity runs all the way to the bone. Cheater's never win, as the old saying goes. .

  • 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.

  • Gary Karstens

    Which right-wing, tea-party psycho, gun-loving zealot will the Republicans put on the front?

    Vic Sprouse?
    Mike Agnello?
    Mark Plants?

    • Silas Lynch

      Silas Lynch

  • arp

    Ms. Raines is caring for her ill mother. You commenters should show some respect, if you know how. This concept of sacrifice is probably a foreign one to you, I know.

    • Jason412


      This is from a different story

      "Raines said Becky Jordon was a good friend and knew Raines was struggling after the death of her mother earlier this year and a breakup with her fiancé."

  • beulah

    I hear Arch Moore is available...

    • Silas Lynch

      If only that were true...

  • sammy

    As of this afternoon (Friday), the Secretary of States office has not received the paperwork to remove her from the ballot. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  • Raging Moderate

    If the shoe was on the other foot and it were a Dem that had problems once on the ballot, the GOP would have been on it like fleas on a hound.
    Hoppy, not worth mentioning the causes for the resignation or withdrawal? I guess that has already been adequately covered.