CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Delegate Stephen Skinner says he will run for the state senate seat being vacated by longtime Sen. Herb Snyder in 2016.
“To have the platform to be able to move West Virginia forward I think I can be more effective in the Senate,” Skinner said Tuesday on MetroNews Talkline.
Sen. Snyder (D-Jefferson) announced Monday he’ll run for Jefferson County clerk next year. He’s spent more than 20 years in the legislature. Skinner (D-Jefferson) praised Senator Snyder’s leadership and effectiveness, saying he will be missed.
Skinner said possibly being in the minority in the Senate doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be effective.
“Regardless of which side of the aisle that you’re on–if you are focused and you pay attention–you can have an impact and that’s what I want to do,” Skinner said.
He said plans to make a formal campaign announcement later this year.