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Swartzmiller won't seek Senate appointment

November 8, 2012
From staff reports , Weirton Daily Times

CHESTER - Del. Randy Swartzmiller has indicated he will not accept a position in the state Senate which will be available as a result of Tuesday's election.

Swartzmiller, D-Hancock, was elected to his seventh term in the House of Delegates Tuesday. The Senate seat in question represents the state's 1st Senatorial District and will be vacated as a result of current state Sen. Orphy Klempa, D-Wheeling, being elected to the Ohio County Commission.

To fill the Senate seat, the Democratic executive committees from Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties must select a nominee, who will then need to be approved by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. That person will fill the remaining two years of Klempa's term.

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Randy Swartzmiller

Swartzmiller explained he had been approached about the position, but decided against it at this time.

"First, I'm very appreciative of everyone who has thought of me as a nominee for the open Senate position. I was flattered when contacted by Steve Kourpas of the Democratic Executive Committee and I have been inundated by delegates and senators from all over the state asking me what I was going to do, and some even saying welcome to the Senate," Swartzmiller said in a statement released Wednesday. "That is all very humbling, but at this time I respectfully will not seek the nomination as Senator to the West Virginia First Senatorial District."

While Swartzmiller said he is not ruling out seeking a Senate seat in the future, he explained he would prefer it come through the election process rather than by appointment.

"Down the road a Senate run may be considered, but for now I look forward to fulfilling the term I was elected to by the people," Swartzmiller said. "I look forward to the upcoming legislative session starting in February and working hard to provide the best public service I can for the citizens and businesses of the Northern Panhandle."

Swartzmiller has been a member of the House of Delegates for 12 years and currently serves as both Assistant Majority Whip and chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

 
 

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