Linville and Mandt to join Hornbuckle in Charleston
HUNTINGTON — Incumbents Sean Hornbuckle and Daniel Linville will be joined by newcomer John Mandt in Charleston to represent District 16 in the state House of Delegates.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Hornbuckle, a Democrat, led the pack of six candidates with 7,644 votes, or 20.73 percent. He was followed by Republican John Mandt with 6,523 votes and incumbent Daniel Linville, Republican, with 6,332 votes.
Democrat Matt Spurlock trailed with 6,081 votes, followed by Republican Vera Miller with 5,619 votes and Democrat Dakota Nelson with 4,669 votes.
One of the larger districts, the 16th District encompasses eastern Cabell County (except for most of Barboursville), parts of Huntington including
Hornbuckle, a Huntington financial adviser, is finishing out his second term in the House. He said having the faith of voters in Cabell and Lincoln counties means everything.
“I think the people of Cabell, Wayne and Lincoln counties can have a lot to look forward to,” Hornbuckle said.
During the campaign, Hornbuckle said his No. 1 priority was ensuring the state is providing quality education to all West Virginians at all levels. He said the state must seriously look at the higher education institutions and see if any efficiencies
can be made. As for public education, he wants West Virginian students to receive a more global education and have more opportunities for real-world job training and shadowing.
Economic development is also a big priority for Hornbuckle. He said the state needs to find a way to attract businesses here. One way to do that is to open our arms to the disenfranchised — women and people of color — who are already leading the nation in entrepreneurship.
Mandt, the owner of Stewarts Original Hot Dogs in Huntington, will be holding office for the first time. He said he was happy his community believes in him and he is excited to work with his new team.
“Honestly, the whole process has been a blessing,” Mandt said.
A business owner, Mandt said job development is a priority. He said he wants to see jobs that provide a living wage and supports expanding trade schools. The husband of a teacher, education and PEIA are also priorities for Mandt. He said he wants to see a sustainable solution to PEIA, and he supports bidding the insurance program to a private company, stating government should not be in the business of insurance.
Linville, a Milton IT director of his family’s business, was appointed to fill the seat left open after Chuck Romine resigned in August. This will be his first full term.
Linville said he wanted to thank every person who decided to run for this race, saying he has immense respect for each one of them.
“I look forward to working with John and Sean to make Cabell and Lincoln counties grow and thrive,” Linville said. “I’m incredibly honored to be a delegate and want to continue the work I started in August.”
Linville said during the campaign that jobs and economic development are his two main concerns. He has a diversification plan that he says House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, likes. Similar to a program in Colorado, Linville’s plan would give a four-year tax break to new industries. To be approved for the tax break, the new industry would have to pass a public comment period to prove it is not disadvantaging an existing business or industry in the state.
He also wants to change the way broadband is discussed in the state and how the schools are evaluated — moving from testing to whether graduates move on to higher education, a job or the armed services.
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