House 22 winners talk issues, urge voter participation
A familiar face will return and a new face will take a seat following the Nov. 6 election for West Virginia House of Delegates District 22.
In the District 22 race, which covers parts of Boone, Lincoln, Logan and Putnam counties, incumbent Zack Maynard and Joe Jeffries, both Republicans, defeated Democrats Gary McAllister and Bill Bryant and independent incumbent Jeff Eldridge.
Maynard, a native of Harts in Lincoln County, first won election to the House of Delegates in 2016.
During the 2017 legislative session, Maynard served as vice chairman of the Committee on Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services and served on other committees including energy, government organization, roads and transportation, and senior citizen issues. He sponsored two bills in 2018.
Maynard could not be reached for comment by press time, but in a Facebook post said, “I would like to thank the people in my district for electing me for another term in the West Virginia House of Delegates. It is truly an honor to have your support, and I will always put the people in my district first. I would also like to thank my friends and family for the time they sacrificed on the campaign. I look forward to continue fighting for the better quality of life of my district.”
Jeffries is a Putnam County native who has had a career as a truck driver. He says he plans to be a voice for average workers and plans to expand job growth, take a look at current regulations and cut taxes, especially for the lower and middle classes.
During an interview with The Logan Banner, he said he especially wants to look at bringing jobs into Lincoln County to give them a better tax base.
“Even if you didn’t vote for me, I’m still here to work for you, and I encourage everybody to reach out to me if they have any questions or concerns,” Jeffries said. “I just want to be a more average voice in the Legislature. It just seems like there’s too many doctors and lawyers making decisions for the average working-class citizens of the state.”
Dylan Vidovich is a news reporter for HD Media. Contact him at 304-896-5196 or follow him on Twitter @DVidovichLB.