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Romine resigns from House of Delegates

July 22, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON — West Virginia Del. Chuck Romine, R-Cabell, has announced that he submitted his resignation from the House of Delegates on Friday, effective July 13, for health and personal reasons.

Romine said in his resignation letter to Speaker of the House Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, that he and his wife moved to a retirement community that is outside of the 16th District.

“I have been honored and blessed to have served five terms in the House over a 50-year period,” Romine said in his resignation letter. “The people that I have met and worked with over the yea rs have become lifelong friends. Having the opportunity to be a part of this body has been a privilege that few people in our great state get to experience. To serve the people of West Virginia for most of 10 years has been a singular honor.”

Gov. Jim Justice will have 15 days to appoint someone to finish Romine’s term, which is up in November.

Romine announced in January that he was not seeking re-election. He was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1968.

“I would like to thank all of the voters that allowed me to serve them over the years,” Romine said in January. “I have made every effort to serve those who elected me to the best of my ability. I sincerely thank those voters for putting their trust in me and electing me to this high office. My wife, Phyllis, and I will have fond memories of my years of service in the House.”

District 16 encompasses the northern parts of Cabell County and a part of Lincoln, and is a three-delegate district. Six candidates are seeking election to the three seats in November: Republican candidates John Mandt Jr., Daniel Linville and Vera Miller and Democratic candidates incumbent Sean Hornbuckle, Matt Spurlock and Dakota Nelson.