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Morgan to run for delegate seat held by Manuel

December 08, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town-area woman with political lineage has announced plans to run for office in next year's elections.

Last week, Suzanne Morgan made public her intention to run for the 58th House of Delegates seat held by Dale Manuel, D-Jefferson.

Morgan, a native of Morgantown, W.Va., who moved to the area three years ago, said she is running for the local House seat because she believes Jefferson County's economy is not growing fast enough and believes more can be done to make the state business-friendly.


The Republican candidate said she is in favor of tax reform and legal reforms that would prevent huge suit settlements against businesses. She also wants the state's Workers' Compensation Division to be overhauled as soon as possible.

Workers' compensation helps workers pay for medical expenses when they are injured on the job. Local employees have complained of slow claims payments, bad agency regulations and the lack of help provided by agency workers in answering questions.

High premiums have been one of the main concerns among business owners.

"Too many jobs are being lost to our neighboring states because of high workers' comp premiums and health-care costs," Morgan, 46, said in a release. "We shouldn't have to watch our children and grandchildren leave West Virginia to find good jobs."

Morgan, who is vice chairperson of the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee, will seek her party's nomination in the May primary election. Morgan said she does not know of any other Republicans who have decided to run.

Politics and history run deep in Morgan's family. She is the daughter of Albert M. Morgan, a prominent Morgantown attorney who once ran for U.S. Congress, and is the granddaughter of West Virginia's 16th governor, Ephriam F. Morgan.

"The time is right for me to run for office," Morgan said in an interview Sunday.

Morgan, who lives in Locust Hill, said she runs her own consulting businesses that helps people with political campaign management and fund raising.

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