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WV auditor Glen Gainer won’t seek re-election

Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo Glen Gainer III
Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo
Glen Gainer III

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s longtime state auditor, Glen Gainer III, won’t seek re-election next year, ending nearly 25 years as the state’s official bookkeeper.

Gainer, a Democrat, was elected auditor in 1992 and served six consecutive four-year terms.

“The decision not to run for re-election has not been an easy one, but it’s the right one,” Gainer said Monday. “It is time to give a new generation of leadership the opportunity to build on what has been accomplished during my tenure.”

Gainer, 56, said he would finish out his final term, dispelling recent speculation that he would step down at the end of this year so a Democrat could be appointed in his place.

Republican J.B. McCuskey, who represents Kanawha County’s 35th District in the House of Delegates, has already announced plans to run for auditor…

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