BECKLEY, W.Va. — Another state lawmaker who has switched from Democrat to Republican in the past year has announced a run for state Senate in 2022.
Del. Mick Bates, R-Raleigh, made the announcement Tuesday. Del. Jason Barrett, R-Berkeley, made a similar announcement last week.
Both were elected to the House of Delegates as Democrats in 2020 but switch to Republicans earlier this year.
Bates announced Tuesday he’ll run for the recently redrawn 9th Senatorial District in next year’s primary. The district including Raleigh and Wyoming counties and a portion of Fayette County.
“I am proud of my work as the Delegate for the 30th District,” Bates said. “However, I made a promise that I would not serve in that role for more than 8 years. That is why I am officially announcing my run for State Senate.”
Bates, a physical therapist, was first elected in 2014. He would potentially face Senator Rollan Roberts, R-Raleigh, in May’s primary.; Roberts was first elected in 20118.
Bates and Barrett likely won’t be the only House members to see Senate seats in next year’s election.
Barrett spoke with MetroNews after making his announcement last week.
“I think it’s a little bit of a natural progression, but for me it’s to have a bigger voice and more ability to help the people of the Eastern Panhandle,” Barrett said. “As we all know, there are 100 members of the House and in the Senate there are 34 members. So it’s easier to have more of an impact. Committee assignments for the senators is far greater. And it’s a heavier workload, no doubt about it.”