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Jefferson delegate says he’ll run for senate next year

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A member of the House of Delegates from the eastern panhandle says he can make a greater impact in the state Senate.

Del. Paul Espinosa (R-Jefferson, 66)
Del. Paul Espinosa (R-Jefferson, 66)

Del. Paul Espinosa (R-Jefferson) has announced he’ll seek the Senate seat next year currently occupied by Sen. Herb Snyder (D-Jefferson). Snyder announced earlier this year he would not be seeking reelection.

Despite some leadership opportunities in the House of Delegates, Espinosa said the senate would present more opportunities.

“The Senate is probably where I can make the biggest impact,” Espinosa told MetroNews affiliate WEPM in Martinsburg.

Espinosa currently serves as an assistant majority whip and as vice chair of the House Committee on Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. He also chairs the Joint Interim Technology Committee and the Legislative Oversight Commission on Workforce Investment for Economic Development.

Republican Patricia Rucker of Harpers Ferry will give Espinosa a primary challenge.

Del. Stephen Skinner (D-Jefferson) has already announced he will be running for the Democratic nomination.

The officially filing period for the 2016 election begins next January.

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