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State senator's son announces plan to run for W.Va. House seat

July 31, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Following in his father's footsteps, local resident Rod Snyder has announced his intention to run next year for the seat held by Del. John Doyle.

Snyder, 23, who will face Doyle in the Democratic primary election next May, is the son of Sen. Herb Snyder, who announced on Tuesday that he was running for his 16th Senatorial District seat again next year.

Although Snyder said he had conversations with his father about running, he said his dad never urged him to run.

In fact, Snyder said his father seemed surprised when he began thinking seriously about running 18 months ago.

"He was sort of taken aback. I don't think he expected it. I think he would have preferred that I was a lawyer and making a lot of money," Snyder said, laughing.

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Snyder said he is running for the Legislature because he is interested in local issues, including getting enough funding for local schools. He said he believes he can motivate young people to get involved in politics.

Snyder said he is interested in exploring ways of improving patient care and reducing health-care costs, seeking the money Jefferson County needs for a second high school, accelerating widening of W.Va. 9 and making sure high-growth counties have enough school funding.

Snyder said he realizes lawmakers have to be cognizant of the Recht decision when dealing with school funding, but he said he thinks minor changes in state laws can be made to get growing counties the school funding they need.

The Recht decision was a 1982 Kanawha County Circuit Court decision that directed how school funding would be managed in the state.

The ruling said the state's method of paying for public education was unconstitutional because it favored wealthier counties by relying too heavily on county taxes. Judge Arthur Recht, who handed down the 1982 decision, said funding to counties must be equal.

Snyder said he wants to convince young people to get more involved in politics and make them realize that the decisions government makes today will affect them when they get older.

"It's a shame we don't take more of an interest," said Snyder, who graduated magna cum laude from Eastern University, was the student body president there, and has completed course work toward a master's degree in legislative affairs at George Washington University.

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