Linville appointed to serve rest of Romine’s term

August 3, 2018

Daniel Linville, left, shakes Gov. Jim Justice's hand in this photo submitted by the governor's office. Justice has appointed Linville to serve out the unexpired term of Del. Chuck Romine in the West Virginia House of Delegates District 16.

HUNTINGTON — Daniel Linville, one of six candidates seeking election in November to represent the West Virginia House of Delegates 16th District, will serve in that role even sooner.

Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday appointed Linville, a Republican, to fill the vacant seat left by the resignation of Del. Chuck Romine, R-Cabell. Romine’s term expires at the end of the year. Romine resigned because he moved out of the district as he heads into retirement.

Linville said he was honored, humbled and privileged to have been recommended by the Republican district committee and ultimately selected by Justice.

“As I begin working for the people of Cabell and Lincoln counties, I will approach every decision I make and every vote I cast with the mentality of a servant,” Linville said. “I thank the voters of Cabell and Lincoln counties for their confidence in me during the primary election, and I will work to represent the people of District 16 in Charleston well.”

Linville, a 28-year-old IT director from Milton, is one of three Republican candidates for

the 16th District, which encompasses most of Huntington, eastern Cabell County, including Milton, and a portion of Lincoln County, including Hamlin.

The other Republican candidates are Huntington business owner John Mandt Jr. and teacher Vera Miller. The Democratic candidates are sole incumbent Sean Hornbuckle, contractor Matt Spurlock and community activist Dakota Nelson. Three of the six will be elected.

Linville said those recommended to the governor were a group of strong people, in particular Mandt. He said he plans to work closely with Mandt as he begins to serve the district.

“I’m confident he will be serving the 16th come January,” Linville said.

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