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Justice picks Azinger for West Virginia House seat


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, right, talks about his selection of Tom Azinger, left, to complete the House of Delegates term of the late Frank Deem Tuesday during a press conference at the Parkersburg Municipal Building.
(News and Sentinel photo by Evan Bevins)

PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — Whether he wins a seat in next week’s election or not, Tom Azinger is back in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday he was appointing Azinger to the seat previously occupied by Deem, who passed away earlier this month. The Wood County Republican Executive Committee selected Azinger, who served 10 terms in the House from 1995 to 2015, to take Deem’s place on the ballot and nominated him, along with former legislative candidate Matt Dodrill and former Wood County Commission hopeful Edward Staats, for Justice to consider naming to complete Deem’s term.

At the Parkersburg Municipal Building Tuesday to give out transportation grant awards, Justice also revealed his pick of Azinger.

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