CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Longtime Democratic state Sen. Herb Snyder says he won’t run for re-election in 2016, but instead will make a bid for Jefferson County clerk.
Snyder (D-Jefferson), a member of the West Virginia state Senate since 1997, began his political career 25 years ago at the Jefferson County Courthouse. He said he wants to end his career there as well.
Snyder, 61, told WEPM Radio News on Monday the decision is primarily a personal one, though the Republican leadership takeover and visceral nature of politics did come into play. The demands of the job and his age also were factors, he said.
As for his bid for Jefferson County clerk, Snyder said nearly 20 years serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee leave him well-prepared for the job.
Expecting plenty of interest in his seat, Snyder said he wanted to give contenders ample notice before the upcoming election cycle.
Republican Patricia Rucker already filed pre-candidacy papers, while state House Delegate Stephen Skinner is expected to seek the Democratic nomination.