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West Virginia redistricting plan may cost Northern Panhandle a delegate


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

Delegates Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, and Erikka Storch, R-Ohio, talk during a floor session during the 2017 legislative session. Fluharty and Storch are among those concerned the Northern Panhandle could lose a House seat under a redistricting plan approved Monday.
(West Virginia Legislative Services photography)

WHEELING, W.Va.  — Fewer than a dozen houses and a couple alleys separate the residences of Ohio County delegates Erikka Storch and Shawn Fluharty in their Woodsdale neighborhood.

As it stands now, when both are up for re-election every two years, they run for two seats in West Virginia’s 3rd Delegate District, which encompasses most of Ohio County.
Delegate Erikka Storch, R-Ohio

However, under a new bill that has passed the House of Delegates calling for redrawing the state’s delegate map into 100 separate districts, Storch and Fluharty could theoretically be forced to run against each other for a seat in Ohio County after the 2020 census.

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