Kanawha County, WV Delegate Suzette Raines withdraws from race - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Kanawha County, WV Delegate Suzette Raines withdraws from race

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 Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, will withdraw from her campaign for re-election.

According to West Virginia Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas, Raines will “be back in public service when the time comes.”

The West Virginia Democratic Party announced plans July 21 to have Raines removed from the General Election ballot, alleging she failed to complete five consecutive campaign finance reports as well as a financial disclosure with the West Virginia Ethics Commission. The party also accused Raines of not living at the address with which she filed for candidacy.

Raines publicly announced April 30, 2013 she would run for West Virginia Senate, then a few months later told media outlets she was thinking about a run for Congress, but then said she would not.

Raines, a Belle native, was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2012 after working with several political and public awareness campaigns as a public relations executive.

She came in second place during the May 2014 primary election, with 21.62 percent of the vote.

“Suzette is a very close personal friend who I love dearly and want to do what is best for her,” Lucas said. “She’s gone through a great deal of tragedy and personal heartache, and I know she will get through this and will be back in public service when the time comes.

“She’s been a tremendous legislator and has a bright future. We should all keep her in our thoughts and prayers.”

The West Virginia Republican Party had a candidate for every seat on the November primary ballot, and Lucas said the party will “do everything we can” to ensure Kanawha County voters in the 35th House District have a full Republican slate in November.