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Senator to form committee to explore supreme court run

March 14, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - State Sen. John Yoder said on Tuesday that he will decide by Dec. 1 as to whether he will seek another four-year term.

Yoder, R-Jefferson, also confirmed that he intends to form an exploratory committee to gauge a possible bid for a seat on the bench of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the state's high court.

Yoder, 56, was first elected to the State Senate in 1992. In 1996, the Harpers Ferry, W.Va., attorney unsuccessfully campaigned for a seat on the high court.

On Tuesday, Jefferson County resident Bob Adams announced that he filed pre-candidacy papers with Secretary of State Betty Ireland's office and will seek the Republican nomination for the seat if Yoder does not seek re-election.

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"I have a passion for the Eastern Panhandle and a desire to fight for the attention from Charleston our region deserves," Adams said. "If Sen. Yoder does not seek re-election in 2008, I will ask voters for their support in fighting for our economy, our schools, our traditions and our values."

Adams was the Republican candidate for the 58th district House of Delegates seat in 2006.

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