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Campaign Trails: Tighe files for House District 18

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. U.S. Air Force veteran and former Wheeling delegate Jerry Tighe has announced he is running for West Virginia House of Delegates District 18, joining two others already vying for the seat left open by current Delegate Kelly Sobonya.

Jerry Tighe

A resident of Ona, Tighe said he is running to introduce a new philosophy of government – represent the people first, party second.

Tighe, a Democrat, said he is pro-labor and in favor of repealing Right to Work and the prevailing wage law.

“On other labor-related issues, I will consult with labor and business leaders, as well as my own local voters of all political parties, including independent voters, before I make a final decision on any major issue coming before the House of Delegates,” he said.

Tighe also said he is pro-business, pledging to vote for any unique ideas in order to make the lives of the average West Virginian economically better. He is also pro-coal, pledging to do whatever he can to make the lives of coal miners and retired coal miners better.

Tighe is a disabled military veteran who served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force and a former state delegate. Tighe has a bachelor’s degree in American history from Wheeling Jesuit University, a master of education in American history from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s degree in social studies from Marshall University, a juris doctor degree from the West Virginia University College of Law; and a doctor of education degree in social studies from the University of Georgia.

The official filing period for the 2018 West Virginia primary election is Jan. 8-Jan. 27, 2018.

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